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

ssteinerX@gmail.com ssteinerx at gmail.com
Sun Dec 27 00:44:47 CET 2009

On Dec 26, 2009, at 4:17 PM, Stephen Waterbury wrote:

> ssteinerX at gmail.com wrote:
>> I think that splitting 	> package storage and pointers to off-repository storage (for those who don't upload to PyPI)
>> 	> metadata about the stored packages
>> 	> tools for creating stored packages
>> 	> tools for retrieving stored packages
>> 	> tools for installing packages
>> would go a long way towards unobfuscating this whole discussion.
>> Yes, I'm sure someone will disagree with some fine-point of that
>> division but isn't that what  woodshedding is all about?
> OT (diction):
> Hmm ... I think you meant "bikeshedding" (energetic discussion of
> meaningless details) -- "woodshedding" *is* an actual slang term, but
> one that originated among musicians, meaning "to practice one's skills
> alone" (i.e., to go off to a woodshed where no one can hear you).

I know that, I'm a musician, too..it was kind of a play on the fact that simple bikeshedding seems to turn into woodshedding i.e. it goes beyond the normal bikeshedding and becomes beating a dead bikeshed...  I couldn't come up with a conjoined word fast enough so I just let it go as I wrote it.


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