[Distutils] tracking requested vs dependency installs in PEP 376 metadata

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 21:52:27 CEST 2009

On Thu, Oct 08, 2009 at 03:41:44PM -0400, Carl Meyer wrote:
> > Also note that a package manager should be able to tell required status from
> > what is currently installed.  So it might make more semantic sense to record
> > what was requested by the user to be installed instead of what was required
> > by a package.  (When something is both required by a package and requested
> > by a user, the user request is what takes precedence.)
> Clearly my terminology choice was poor. REQUIRED in my proposal meant
> "requested by name by a user" (which has to be recorded at install
> time), not "required as a dependency by other installed packages"
> (which, as you say, can be calculated at runtime). Would REQUESTED, or
> AUTO_INSTALLED (with the sense flipped) be better options?
I would say REQUESTED due to my arguments for not recording

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