[Distutils] DRAFT PEP 396 - module version number

Barry Warsaw barry at python.org
Tue Jun 7 23:17:06 CEST 2011

Hi Éric,

On Jun 07, 2011, at 05:30 PM, Éric Araujo wrote:

>Just two things I thought about while perusing my archives yesterday.
>>>>     #. For modules which are also packages, the module namespace > SHOULD
>>>>        include the ``__version__`` attribute.
>>> I’m still not sure “module namespace” will be clear to everyone.
>> Really?  We know what a module is, and we know what a namespace is, so given
>> the context, I think it should be clear.
>FYI, I noticed that PEP 382 (namespace packages) says “the namespace
>package itself” to refer to the corp/__init__.py file of the
>corp.somelib package.  In the Python tutorial, we have things like “the
>__init__.py code”.  So it looks like there’s no agreed term to refer to
>this module.

So, what *should* we call this thing?  Note that in the PEP, I'm specifically
talking about the namespace, not the file.  Maybe "module's namespace" would
be clearer?

>A note about the setup.cfg field used to get the version from a file: It
>will definitely need to use another name than “version”: Tarek wants the
>setup.cfg field to be a direct translation from PEP 345 (modulo case
>insensitivity), so the description-file is another field, and
>version-file should certainly be one too.  (I hope it’s short enough to
>comply with your wish of keeping the common case simple.)

The PEP currently uses `version-from-file` which seems okay to me.  Would that

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