[Distutils] DRAFT PEP 396 - module version number

Yannick Gingras ygingras at ygingras.net
Sun Mar 27 21:36:10 CEST 2011

On March 24, 2011, Éric Araujo wrote:
> > Bob learns about the Cheeseshop [2]_, and adds some
> > simple packaging using classic distutils so that he can upload *The
> > Bob Package* to the Cheeseshop.
> I know that the referenced PEP 345 call these things “software
> packages”, but let’s try to use consistent terminology.  See threads
> starting at
> http://mail.python.org/pipermail/distutils-sig/2011-March/017438.html
> and http://mail.python.org/pipermail/distutils-sig/2011-March/017450.html .

Éric, can you summarize the discussion that took place on these
threads?  As far as I can tell, no consensus was reached for a new
terminology and so the old definition still prevails:


In that case, a "package" in PEP 396 would refer to:

  a module that contains other modules; typically contained in a
  directory in the filesystem and distinguished from other directories
  by the presence of a file __init__.py.

I fell like the usage proposed for *The Bob Package* is pretty good,
except for the choice of "upload".  Of course, you don't upload the
package, you upload "distributions" that contain that package.

Yannick Gingras
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