[Distutils] PEP 426: proposed metadata caching convention

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 17:54:39 CET 2013

On 25 February 2013 15:10, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> entry-points.txt is pure backwards compatibility, though. The only
> reason I didn't suggest reusing the setuptools name for the file is
> because I want the __cache__ in the name to clearly identify the files
> the installer derives from METADATA rather than the ones defined in
> PEP 376 or installed as part of the distribution.

One thing I *would* like to suggest is that the cached versions of the
data should be optional. My specific reason for this is that as things
stand, many wheels are usable without installation, simply by putting
them on sys.path. As wheels are a distribution format, they won't have
the cached data, and I'd be unhappy if that fact broke the ability to
use them as zips.


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