[Distutils] PEP 386 status - last round here ?

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Mon Nov 30 06:00:30 CET 2009

At 09:15 PM 11/29/2009 +0100, Tarek Ziadé wrote:
>2009/11/29 P.J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com>:
> >
> > WSGI and setuptools have been widely adopted in spite of their 
> technical and
> > ideological flaws, because they had good incentive engineering.
> >
> > Or, in other words, because practicality beats purity, every single time.
>Do you mean here that this independently-created standard, this good
>incentive engeneering a.k.a.
>Setuptools, is doomed not to evolve anymore ?   e.g. to adapt its
>standard to a common standard that is going to raise and be added in
>stldib at some point ?

I'm saying that ignoring backwards compatibility (as MAL and Ben have 
proposed) is bad incentive engineering.

I don't have any disagreement with what you're doing wrt PEP 386, 
btw; we already had all the technical issue discussion necessary back 
when you first wrote it.  I've just been chiming in on  a couple of 
threads where people have proposed changes that would break backward 
compatibility and present user experience.

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