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

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Wed Aug 17 18:05:28 EDT 2016

On Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 8:51 AM, Brett Cannon <brett at python.org> wrote:

> One thing to remember is that Windows can't read tar files natively while
> it can for zip files. Now you can easily download tools on Windows to read
> tar files and thanks to Bash on Windows you even have it included once you
> turn that feature on.
> The other point is we have a zip importer in Python but not a .tar.gz one. I
> don't know how often anyone actually downloads a zip file directly from
> PyPI and then tack it on to their sys.path for importing, but that is
> currently possible.
> I doubt either of these points are important enough to continue to support
> zip files for sdists,

I do -- what advantage does tar.gz have over zip? Zip's always been
supported on any platform I've used...

But both are in python's stdlib, so I suppose everyone has it that has



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