[Distutils] RFC : PEP 376 - egg.info

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Mon May 4 19:43:14 CEST 2009

On Mon, May 4, 2009 at 11:31 AM, Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com> wrote:

> Ok then, we will have to provide extra documentation to make people
> understand that the '.egg-info' directory has absolutely nothing to do
> with egg-the-format
> but is rather a metadata container.
> 'egg-info' was introduced with adding the whole 'egg' thing in Python
> in mind at some point I believe.
> And it seems that the .egg directory/zip file for projects setuptools
> provides will not make it into Python
> and is still very controversial
> (
> http://www.reddit.com/r/Python/comments/8he79/am_i_alone_in_feeling_like_python_got_a_whole_lot/
> )
> So removing the 'egg' part of 'egg-info' seemed natural to me at this
> point.

Egg-the-format is what we are recreating in distutils, isn't it?  Obviously
some people are unhappy with some things related to packaging, but I don't
think egg-the-format is something people actually mind (if they know what it
is).  Of course few people really know what the format is, or are able to
distinguish it from other parts of the Setuptools stack, but that doesn't
change just because you rename the extension.  Eggs don't even carry any
particular naming attachment to Setuptools.

Ian Bicking  |  http://blog.ianbicking.org
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