[Distutils] RFC: Binary Distribution Format for distutils2/packaging

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Wed Mar 14 16:17:10 CET 2012

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 11:00 PM, PJ Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> I'm not sure what else you'll actually gain by introducing
> a new format.  IIUC, what new-style metadata egg files lack can be
> determined programmatically from their contents or the existing metadata
> files, so there seems to be little reason not to at least consume existing
> egg files.

I'm not sure whether you're referring to the distribution format, or
the meta-data format, or both.

I don't really have an opinion, myself, about the meta data format.
Other have decided it's going to be different. <shrug>

Having decided to use a different meta data format, it makes sense to
use a different
distribution format.  While d2/p might support eggs for a while (not
sure of that), we
wouldn't want new distributions to be in egg format, so we need an alternative.

(Personally, I don't have an issue with the egg format, but the decision was
made by others to move away from it.)


Jim Fulton

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