[Distutils] Python people want CPAN and how the latter came about

David Lyon david.lyon at preisshare.net
Thu Dec 24 01:55:20 CET 2009

Hi Srid,

On Wed, 23 Dec 2009 14:28:10 -0800, Sridhar Ratnakumar
<sridharr at activestate.com> wrote:

> .. what I was referring to is enabling the mindset: a simple 
> *self-contained* (i.e., without having to use an API to get metadata) 
> directory structure that can simply be mirrored by using existing tools 
> like rsync could *enable* developers interested in providing extending 
> packaging functionality such as testing, quality measurements, 
> documents, search, etc... to easily create such sites and maintain it.
>> I think it's partly a problem that nobody has thunk the thought. 

They have. I'd say a lot of work has been done looking at the code.

 See: http://www.pycheesecake.org/

I've been working on running and extending that package testing. My
tool is at:


It's a very time consuming job to test all the packages. Taking at
least a few hours a day.

As I understand it pythoners got a little offended by the language
that was used in it (liberal english - and importing of perl terms)
Maybe the use of 'cheesy' fell out of fashion. I don't know.

I've downloaded the package and run it against a few packages and
it seems to be worthwhile.

Some of the terms used in the output reports are pretty easy to change.

>> think the idea of a site with automatically generated documentation
>> for *every* package is interesting. 

We need to be looking at stuff like this sure.


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