[Distutils] [Catalog-sig] packaging terminology confusion

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Sun Jan 10 12:40:49 CET 2010

Lennart Regebro <regebro at gmail.com> writes:

> On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 10:01, Glyph Lefkowitz <glyph at twistedmatrix.com> wrote:
> > This is precisely what I meant to recommend: "Parcel" would be a
> > good replacement word for the Python-specific meaning of
> > "distribution".  I'm sorry if I was ambiguous and created confusion.
> I think it sounds too much like a python-specific word, like "egg".


At this point, people are just going to keep calling this entity a
“package”, consistent with the majority of other languages and systems
out there.

We'd have more chance, I think, of changing Python's concept “namespace
that behaves like a module and can have sub-modules” — currently called
“package” — to a different word and encouraging adoption of that new

Neither terminology change would be easy, but trying to change a raft of
other concepts to Python-specific terms seems less likely to succeed
than picking a new term for a concept that is *already* Python-specific.

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Ben Finney

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