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

Lennart Regebro regebro at gmail.com
Thu Dec 24 07:42:31 CET 2009

On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 23:28, Sridhar Ratnakumar
<sridharr at activestate.com> wrote:
> I suggested PyPI to disallow mere project listings (without sources) and
> require sources to be stored in the server.  One way to achieve this is
> requiring package authors to use the `sdist upload` toolchain

Which only means the packages who now is not uploaded wouldn't even be
listed on PyPI, which is not an improvement.

> While the specific case mentioned above (metadata for a specific or the
> latest version of a package) uses HTTP GET and XML, generally speaking .. to
> get a) the list of recently releases, b) list of all versions of a package,
> one has to use the XmlRpc API methods `changelog` and `package_releases`
> respectively.

Well, maybe pure http versions of those would help, but on the other
hand, if you automate it, why not use xml-rpc?

> As often as the mirror sites would update their content (i.e., one or more
> times a day).

I meant that most of the third-party apps would only need the
metadata, or? I might be wrong, I haven't written any yet. :-) The
automated documentation that was discussed would only need the source

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