[Distutils] Multi-version import support for wheel files

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Tue Aug 27 09:01:10 CEST 2013

On 27 August 2013 00:15, PJ Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:

> You pounced on a tiny piece of my email to Paul, in which I mainly
> expressed confusion about his statements about "cost".  I was having
> trouble understanding what sort of "costs" he meant, and in subsequent
> discussion realized that it's because he and others appeared to have
> conflated setuptools' default-version issues, with Nick's proposal for
> handling non-default versions.

Note that I freely admit to *having* fear, uncertainty and doubt:

I feared that Nick's proposal would impact users who just wanted to use
default versions. I was wrong, no issue, but I was concerned.
I was uncertain as to what Nick meant by "pkg_resources compatible". This
has now been explained, thanks, but I wasn't sure.
I doubted that I had the full picture and I was going to investigate.
Others provided extra information so I didn't need to do so myself, but I
had questions that needed to be answered initially.

None of these things is wrong. It is *spreading* FUD (and in particular,
doing so cynically to undermine a proposal) that is wrong, and I hope I
didn't do that - I certainly did not intend to and I'm a bit unhappy about
the implication that I might have. (Not enough to make an issue of it, this
is distutils-sig after all and you need a thick skin to hang out here :-))

Just as a side-note, I'm impressed by how careful everyone is being to keep
discussions on distutils-sig friendly and constructive these days. My
thanks to everyone for that.

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