[Distutils] Last PEP 426 update for a while

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sat Aug 10 23:17:34 CEST 2013

On 10 August 2013 13:12, Vinay Sajip <vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan <at> gmail.com> writes:
>> 6. Qualified names are currently restricted to Python 2 compatible
>> identifiers.
> This constraint causes some problems in practice, some of which might be
> more problematic than others:
> 1. Some existing distributions have group names which violate the constraint.
>    For example, nose uses group names such as "nose.plugins.0.10". Around a
>    hundred other distributions advertise plugins under group names like this.
> 2. Some distributions have package names which aren't actual packages but
>    which nevertheless contain source files. For example, Django lists
>    "django.utils.2to3_fixers" in its list of packages, though this is just
>    a directory containing fixers and not an actual package. This, of course,
>    also violates the constraint.
> It seems like it might be worth relaxing the restriction so that a qualified
> name starts with a Python 2 compatible segment, but can have subsequent
> components matching the [A-Za-z0-9]+ pattern.



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