[Distutils] Warehouse XMLRPC

Matthew Iversen teh.ivo at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 12:46:30 CET 2014

On 06/03/14 20:10, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 05, 2014 at 07:01:49AM -0500, Donald Stufft wrote:
>> On Mar 5, 2014, at 5:48 AM, anatoly techtonik <techtonik at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> JSON-RPC is a better choice for recommended external API,
>>> because it doesn't rely on memory hungry and potentially unsafe
>>> XML libraries.
>>> On Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 3:41 AM, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:
>>>> Just a quick FYI that the last missing piece (search) for XMLRPC was merged in
>>>> Warehouse today. If you have an application that depends on XMLRPC on PyPI and
>>>> you'd like to test it, please try against the url:
>>>>    https://pypi-preview.a.ssl.fastly.net/pypi
>>>> Let me know if you find any issues, or you can file a bug at:
>>>>    https://github.com/pypa/warehouse
>> XMLRPC is used in order to maintain compatibility with what is already
>> there. Something better will replace it eventually and XMLRPC will be
>> deprecated.
> This is a bit confusing to me now.
> You're reacting as if anatoly suggested a new JSON interface to
> replace the legacy XML-RPC one.
> But the old PyPI codebase already had a JSON API[1].  I'm using it to keep
> track of Python 3 support status of about 800 packages maintained by the
> Zope Foundation: http://zope3.pov.lt/py3/
>   [1] https://wiki.python.org/moin/PyPIJSON
> I assume at some point Warehouse will add support for the JSON API and
> you'll issue a call for testing?
> Marius Gedminas
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A JSON-RPC interface is slightly different from a "normal" 'RESTful
JSON' api.

PyPI currently offers some normal JSON REST resources, as well as an
XML-RPC interface.

AFAIK Anatoly was suggesting to replace XML-RPC, with JSON-RPC (not just
a JSON API, which as you mention already exists), however the former
needs to continue to exist because it is an existing feature that many
things use.

Also AFAIK, warehouse is currently in the business of gaining feature
parity with the current PyPI, after which it will be looked into if or
what new APIs will be useful to add to make better clients with.
Of course a prime candidate for that might be expanding the current
RESTful JSON api.

Matt Iversen
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