[Distutils] Deprecating little used file types/extensions on PyPI?

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Tue Aug 16 12:06:49 EDT 2016

> On Aug 16, 2016, at 8:50 AM, Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com> wrote:
> Wheel should be updated to support the egg use case before egg is removed. IIUC this would mostly mean officially supporting 'unzipped wheel' as a thing you can add to PYTHONPATH, possibly with some additional restrictions for the specific wheel. We could go a little further and officially support zipped wheels "if zip safe". We could implement wheel2egg to complement egg2wheel?

I don’t think Wheel should officially supported unzip wheels as a thing you can add to PYTHONPATH nor do I think we should officially support zipped wheels being added to PYTHONPATH. Neither of those things are going to work universally and setuptools has gross heuristics to try and figure out when they will and won’t work (which regularly break or report inaccurately). Wheel is improved by remaining focused on being a format for distributing and installed via an installer, not one that tries to do all of the things like Egg did.

Donald Stufft

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