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

Lars Immisch lars at ibp.de
Tue Jul 24 20:11:57 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?
> 
> 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,

I see. Sorry for the drive-by-shooting.

Still, I'd like a stated convention how version numbers are compared. I 
believe this would be good for setuptools also.

But the issue is separable from project naming conventions.

- Lars


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