[Distutils] "Python Packaging User Guide" has moved

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Thu Jan 16 15:20:43 CET 2014

Has anyone ever written a setup.py that was *not* copy-and-pasted from
somewhere else?

On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 5:17 AM, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 16 January 2014 09:40, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Audrey Roy's "cookiecutter" project is just such a tool (although her
>> default config is far from minimal - setup.py, GitHub, ReadTheDocs, tox,
>> Travis, documentation skeleton, etc. It's all reasonable recommendations,
>> though)
> Agreed, I was pointed to that at one point. For me, it suffers from
> the problem of being yet another tool, as well as the default template
> available being very complex, as you said. But yes, it looks useful
> for more complex projects.
> I do think the PUG needs a "this is how you start" basic template
> though, that includes good practices like the right classifiers, using
> entry points for scripts, basic unit tests, a readme etc. The current
> guide doesn't even have a "Basic Project Template" section in the
> index :-( I'll try to find some time to add one.
> On that note, the PUG index currently feels a little overwhelming from
> the point of view of someone who just wants to get a job done. it's
> got a lot of "Getting started with X" and "What is" sections, but
> nothing like "Installing a package from PyPI" or "Starting a new
> project". Maybe the index should be reorganised to be more
> task-oriented, and less concerned with providing history and
> background to the confusion that led us to where we are now? I'd be
> tempted to actually remove a lot of what's currently in the contents,
> and relegate it to some sort of "background" section (which would
> probably need to be organised into subsections of its own, but that
> level of detail doesn't need to be on the front page).
> Paul

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