[Distutils] [Catalog-sig] Prototype setuptools-specific PyPI index.

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Sun Jul 22 18:41:39 CEST 2007

Martin v. Löwis wrote:
>>> If people do misspell a package name when invoking easy_install,
>>> they get the feature that you consider of no value.
>> That is not correct. Not all packages are in PyPI.  Using a package that
>> isn't in PyPI will trigger a fetch of that page.
> I don't understand. What page is fetched if the package is not in PyPI?
>> It isn't misspelled,
>> it's just not there.  People should *not* misspell pages when using
>> setuptools.  They should certainly not use misspelled package names in
>> requirements.  In my strongly help opinion, allowing imprecise names in
>> requirements and setuptools command if of negative value.
> I cannot comment on. I don't use setuptools, and have no intuition what
> is good or bad when using it (for example, I consider .egg files and
> the notion of eggs inherently bad).

Oh right. It makes using Python and packages *dramatically* easier. I 
guess you are resigned to their arrival though. ;-)

> My main motivation to provide that page is that the setuptools
> specification says it should be there. As this entire infrastructure
> is for the sake of setuptools, I find it pointless to not support
> setuptools fully.


>> I'd be happy to contribute my polling version.  That solves my problems
>> and I can't justify the additional effort to figure out the cheeseshop
>> softtware.
> I'd like to hear other opinions here. Would people prefer if the index
> was always correct (and perhaps somewhat slow), or would they prefer
> instead that it is super-efficient (and somewhat out-of-date)?

I'd prefer accuracy over speed here.

Michael Foord

> Regards,
> Martin
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