[Distutils] We need to make a decision wrt distribution names (second try)

Lars Immisch lars at ibp.de
Tue Jul 24 19:28:59 CEST 2007


Hi,

> Obviously, we are having a debate about what forms distribution names  
> can take.  I think we need a decision.

Thanks for bringing this up.

> Does anyone know if there are existing rules for distribution names?   
> I can't find them if there are.  Up until now, I think we've been in  
> somewhat of a prototyping mode, but I think it's time to move beyond  
> that.
> 
> I strongly suggest that we need an official specification that says:
> 
> - what's a legal distribution name and
> 
> - what the equivalence rules for distribution names are.

Comparison rules are also important:

Is artin-1.2-rc2 < artin-1.2?

IMO, it's perfectly fine to just state: comparisons are lexicographical 
(ASCII only). But I'd like to see this mentioned somewhere.

- Lars


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