[Distutils] Why github and bitbucket?

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Thu Nov 5 15:31:47 EST 2015

On November 5, 2015 at 3:18:19 PM, Thomas Güttler (guettliml at thomas-guettler.de) wrote:
> > I just ask myself why this was not done from the start: find a consensus.  
> Of course I see that it is very hard to
> change the current state.

Basically: Historical reasons. The name “PyPA” was a joke by the pip/virtualenv developers and it was only pip and virtualenv so it was on Github. At some point setuptools started being maintained again but it was in Hg on Bitbucket. Those two projects already existed and packaging started to improve and we sort of adopted the “PyPA” moniker for everything. At that point projects were already in a particular VCS and it was easier to just allow people to pick what VCS they wanted their project to use than attempt to standardize on one.

It’s not really that big of a deal though, on the list of things to worry about it’s pretty low on it.

Donald Stufft
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