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

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Tue Jul 24 19:33:43 CEST 2007

On Jul 24, 2007, at 1:28 PM, Lars Immisch wrote:

> 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?

Note that these are not distribution names.  Well, that depends on  
how you define "distribution names". Sigh.  The dsitribution names  
I'm trying to talk about don't have version numbers.  I don't see a  
particular reason why these distribution names have to be ordered,


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