[Distutils] Upcoming changes to PEP 426/440

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Mon Jul 1 00:46:51 CEST 2013

On Jun 30, 2013, at 6:39 PM, Gabriel de Perthuis <g2p.code at gmail.com> wrote:

> So it would prefer that dev and test be extras with well known names,
> so that dev, test, and any other extras define dependencies with a
> minimum of ambiguity and without the need for a second level of
> qualifiers.

"Well known names" is way more ambiguous than a top level field. It's easy to have minor variances across various packages, "test" vs "tests", "docs", "doc", "documentation". Both top level and "kind" share the fact that there is a limited number of allowed names, which makes it simple to validate that the same name is being used everywhere (because anything outside of those limited numbers are rejected).

Donald Stufft
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