[Distutils] Another conversation starter - pip documentation in the Python docs

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Sun Jul 14 23:24:46 CEST 2013

On Jul 14, 2013, at 5:22 PM, Marcus Smith <qwcode at gmail.com> wrote:

> Donald:
> thoughts on changing our use of "Package" on pypi to "Distribution"? (except for the title of course)
> If we're not going to do that, we should explain and bless the double use of "Package" and drop using "Distribution" in any docs.
> Our fundamental concepts shouldn't be confusing and conflicted.
> On Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 1:05 PM, Marcus Smith <qwcode at gmail.com> wrote:
> BTW, I'm sick and tired of agonising every time I use the word "package" over whether I should be "correct" and use "distribution". Can the guide just come right out and bless the occasionally-ambiguous but commonly-used dual nature of the word "package"? If not, can people start actually *using* "distribution" consistently for what pip downloads and installs, so I can find a few more examples for me to copy when I end up with awkward phrases like "distributing your distribution"...? (You'd never believe English was my native language, would you? :-))
> I hear you.  I feel the same agony.  It think we should use the word "Distribution", but it's hard to compete when PyPI uses "Package".
> Nick, what do we do?   :  )
> Marcus
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PyPI will eventually move to using the definitions as defined in PEP426 http://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0426/#supporting-definitions .

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