[Distutils] wheels, metadata

Vinay Sajip vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jan 23 21:18:48 CET 2014


> certainly mention the distlib implementations,
> but also let's be clear if there is a pypa-recommend
> tool that is user-facing (like pip), that is using those
> parts of distlib.  
> In most cases, that is not true currently.
> As for mentioning distil,  I'm inclined to
> say no.   Up to this point, you've presented it as a
> proof of concept.If you're wanting to mention
> "distil" as a real option for users, I'm
> concerned about fracturing the mind of users, but it's
> something to discuss I guess.

I hear what you're saying. I've positioned distil as a proof of concept purely because it hasn't had widespread use, but I certainly expect it to fulfil the same role as pip functionally (which it must do to be an effective test-bed for distlib). I understand that pip is the officially recommended tool, and don't want to muddy the waters, there being enough confusion about packaging in the wider community. It seems a shame that some of the improvements over pip won't be more widely available, but such is life. I have the use of them, so there's that :-)


Vinay Sajip

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