[Distutils] PEP 376 for Distutils

Ronald Oussoren ronaldoussoren at mac.com
Tue Feb 24 16:39:24 CET 2009

On 24 Feb, 2009, at 13:33, Tarek Ziadé wrote:
> 2009/2/24 Joachim König <him at online.de>:
>> An other option could be to put the egg-info dir into the package  
>> itself, e.g.
>> zlib/
>>   __init__.py
>>   egg-info/
>>       PKG-INFO
>>       MANIFEST
>>       RECORD
>>  ...
> This would require setuptools and pip to change the way they look for
> the packages,

Not only that, it also requires that the name of the distribution is  
the same as the name of (one of) its python packages. I have several  
projects where this correspondence is not present.

> but if the functions to work with this are located in Python, they
> will be able to use the
> same bits which could be great.
>> If the location of the egg-info dir and the encoding of the python  
>> version and package
>> version are only there for performance optimization reasons I'd  
>> suggest to really decouple
>> optimization from file naming and having a caching directory that  
>> can compute an
>> optimized representation once when an out-of-date situation is  
>> detected (e.g. when new
>> packages are installed) making the optimization even faster, e.g.  
>> by having a file
>> in suitable format instead of calling os.listdir() and iterating  
>> over the result.
> Indeed. Having an index file would make things a whole lot simpler.

I don't see how this would make thing easier. An index file introduces  
another concept and requires care to ensure that it doesn't get out of  

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