[Distutils] [Catalog-sig] packaging terminology confusion

Ben Finney ben+python at benfinney.id.au
Sun Jan 10 22:05:42 CET 2010

Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com> writes:

> On Sun, Jan 10, 2010 at 12:40 PM, Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> > 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.
> Who is "people". AFAIK, most Python developers use the word "package"
> for "python package" and when they use the word "package" for
> "distribution", they will stop doing it if they are told that the
> proper word is "distribution" imho.

That's exactly opposite to my experience. The established term for this
concept is “package”, and that will remain true and continue to be
reinforced by the general programming culture.

Expecting programmers to use a Python-specific term, when there's
already a wider-use term that fits exactly the same concept, is
foolhardy in my opinion.

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Ben Finney

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