[Distutils] PEP 426, round 733 ;)

Philippe Ombredanne pombredanne at nexb.com
Tue Feb 5 16:06:35 CET 2013

On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM, Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com> wrote:
> The "marketing pre-release" feature exists to allow publishers to put
> immature versions of their software on pypi where they can be easily
> downloaded. Recently SQLAlchemy did this but had to delete the beta release
> from pypi because too many deployments upgraded to an unstable version
> without realizing it. Once the tools are updated it will be easy to install
> a beta release with pip if and only if you specifically ask for it.

May be  versioning scheme is trying to take on too much on itself that
could possibly be solved elsewhere in a simpler way?
Immature software distribution is a requirement that makes perfect
sense --but even that is not in the scope of this PEP -- could it
better addressed by having a something like Pypi "release channels"
instead .... ie some separate indexes for unstable/alpha/bleeding edge
packages that responsible and consenting adults could use as they
please or something similar?
This is FWIW a common practice on Debian.

Philippe Ombredanne

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