[Distutils] help requested getting existing project "gv" into PyPI

PJ Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Fri Aug 9 19:46:33 CEST 2013

On Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:04 AM, Jess Austin <jess.austin at gmail.com> wrote:
> hi,
> I recently suggested that the "gv" package be added to PyPI. This is a
> close-to-C Graphviz port distributed by the Graphviz graph visualization
> project. They currently distribute this package in source, and in rpms,
> debs, and the equivalents of those for Windows, Mac, and Solaris. It seemed
> only natural that a small entry in PyPI be added so that "pip" would be able
> to install this package in a straightforward way (i.e., without using "git"
> references etc).
> The issue tracker url for this suggestion:
> http://www.graphviz.org/mantisbt/view.php?id=2324
> As you can see at that link, the maintainer had some difficulty when trying
> to create the project through the web form, culminating in a "Not found()"
> error message. I unfortunately don't have a great deal of insight into this,
> but I thought someone on this list might be able to help.
> Alternatively, please tell me if I'm making an unreasonable suggestion. It
> was my understanding that "pip" is able to find installable files from even
> quite rudimentary PyPI entries, even if they're hosted elsewhere. However,
> if that's not the case, and the PyPI entry would require extensive ongoing
> interaction from the "gv" maintainers, then this probably isn't going to
> work.

It would require ongoing interaction with *somebody*, in order to
update the download links whenever a new version is released.  Note,
too, that unless there is a specific download for the Python binding
that uses setup.py to invoke its build process, a PyPI listing won't
make the binding pip-installable.

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