[Distutils] Packaging situation + mailing list rules

David Cournapeau cournape at gmail.com
Sat Jul 3 17:23:59 CEST 2010

On Sat, Jul 3, 2010 at 3:10 PM, Éric Araujo <merwok at netwok.org> wrote:
> [David Cournapeau]
>> [Georg Brandl]>
>>> I know the reasons for that decision, and I probably would have done the same
>> Shall I understand that the hijacking of setuptools by distribute
>> (instead of merely forking it under a new name, which I don't care
>> about) is sanctioned by python-dev ?
> Setuptools is not a python-dev project, ergo python-dev has no official
> position on it. Georg is speaking for himself, albeit with the credit of
> his involvement in python-dev.
> FTR, when some extreme distribute fans proposed that the PyPI setuptools
> entry had to be given to distribute, people (including Guido if my
> memory’s not failing) sternly replied that this was rude and unwelcome.

I fail to see the difference with the present situation. easy_install
setuptools gives distribute, yolk -T src -F gives distribute.
Distribute is the only fork I have seen in my entire life as an open
source contributor which does this. When the cython people forked
pyrex, they called their fork another name, and the script had another

Besides the numerous technical issues, this is just basic decency. If
I were PJE, I would be very mad.


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