[Distutils] PEP 439 and pip bootstrap updated

Brett Cannon brett at python.org
Fri Jul 12 20:00:06 CEST 2013

On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 12:16 PM, Vinay Sajip <vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk>wrote:

> Donald Stufft <donald <at> stufft.io> writes:
> > I'm also against adding distlib-like functionality to the stdlib. At
> least at
> > this point in time. We've seen the far reaching effects that adding a
> > packaging lib directly to the stdlib can have. I don't want to see us
> repeat
> > the mistakes of the past and add distlib into the stdlib. Maybe in time
> once
> > the packaging world isn't evolving so rapidly and distlib has had a lot
> of
> > real world use that can be an option. The benefit for me in the way the
> pip/
> On the question of whether distlib should or shouldn't be added to the
> stdlib,
> obviously that's for others to decide. [SNIP]

Speaking with my python-dev hat on which has a badge from when I led the
stdlib cleanup for Python 3, I would say anything that has a PEP should
probably have a module in the stdlib for it. That way standard management
of whatever is specified in the PEP will be uniform and expected to be
maintained and work. Beyond that code will exist outside the stdlib.
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