[Distutils] Amend PEP 440 with Wider Feedback on Release Candidates

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 03:40:25 CET 2014

On 18 December 2014 at 11:55, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:
>> On Dec 16, 2014, at 2:51 PM, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 16 December 2014 at 17:56, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:
>>> I’ve had a number of people complain that PEP 440 normalizes a release
>>> candidate as 1.0c1 instead of 1.0rc1. Do we want to ammend the PEP to switch
>>> the normalization around so that it normalizes 1.0c1 to 1.0rc1? This probably
>>> matches what people expect better in general? It wouldn't have any effect on
>>> sort order or the like, it would just change which form is preferred.
>> I'd typically expect to see 1.0rc1 rather than 1.0c1. I don't think
>> it's a crisis either way, but I would mildly prefer it if this change
>> was made.
>> Paul
> Given that it’s a fairly low impact change, We’ve got several pip developers
> +1 on it, Jason is OK with it on the setuptools side, and nobody has spoken
> out against it I’m going to go ahead and make this change.

Thanks. I think one key with this particular change is that client
tools were already obliged to accept both formats anyway, as
normalisation for publication is only a SHOULD, rather than a MUST.

Switching the preferred format for publication thus shouldn't break
anything on the consumption side.


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