[Distutils] PyPI not rendering ReST long_description

Wichert Akkerman wichert at wiggy.net
Sun Jul 13 22:35:30 CEST 2014

> On 13 Jul 2014, at 21:36, Chris Jerdonek <chris.jerdonek at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM, Wichert Akkerman <wichert at wiggy.net> wrote:
>> I just uploaded a new pyramid_sqlalchemy package to PyPI. Looking at the
>> distribution page at https://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyramid_sqlalchemy PyPI is
>> not rendering ReST. I can’t figure out why though: according to both “python
>> setup.py check” and "python setup.py --long-description | rst2html-2.7.py >
>> /dev/null” there are no ReST syntax errors in me description. Is there any
>> way to see why PyPI is not rendering my ReST?
> I filed a PyPI issue about this some time before July 2012.
> It bothers me that I can't seem to find the issue listed on the
> current PyPI issues page: https://bitbucket.org/pypa/pypi/issues .  It
> also disturbs me that I can't seem to find the issue on the old
> SourceForge page either: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pypi/ .

That is somewhat worrying. I created a new ticket for this: https://bitbucket.org/pypa/pypi/issue/161/rest-formatting-fails-and-there-is-no-way

> 3) The user should have some way of running the conversion locally (as
> a check), using the same rules as PyPI, so the user can be assured in
> advance that the conversion will be successful when interacting with
> the real PyPI.

I don’t believe that is a viable approach. I suspect there is a reasonable risk that environment changes between PyPI and your local system, for example environment settings or available locals, and using different versions of packages such as docutils will lead to incorrect results. There really is no substitute for PyPI itself reporting errors it finds.


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