[Distutils] The mypy package

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Fri Apr 15 19:29:40 EDT 2016

Brett suggested I ask the kind folks here.

As you may or may not know, there's an old unmaintained "mypy" package on
PyPI that attracts a fair amount of downloads from people trying to
download mypy the type checker. We then get bug reports and have to explain
in our tracker that they have to use "pip install mypy-lang" instead.


That mypy package was last updated in 2011, and it's a quite forgettable
combination of copied open-source packages and a little bit of glue code
presumably written by the package author. Both Donald and myself have
approached the owner (zsp007 at gmail.com) but not received any response. Is
there a "higher authority" to whom we can appeal this, or are we just stuck
with this situation?

As Brett wrote part of the problem, though, is the mypy project has 2244
downloads in the last month which shows it's being used and we don't want
to end up in an npm/left_pad situation. (But how many of those downloads
are misguided attempts to install mypy-lang?)

One possibility, if people aren't happy with me or Jukka taking over
owhership of the old mypy package, would be for someone (not me or Jukka)
to take ownership of that package just so they can update the PyPI home
page for that package with a prominent note telling people looking for
Jukka's type checker to use mypy-lang instead.

--Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)
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