[Distutils] PEP 527 - Removing Un(der)used file types/extensions on PyPI

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Thu Aug 25 13:10:43 EDT 2016

The funny thing about a feature like the manual download link is that no,
99.99% of the time it is not useful, but when you need it, you probably
really need it. Probably to debug an issue with pip, or to grab a package
pip would not normally download for your platform, or to make sure
something has been uploaded correctly. I would not be surprised if the
upload feature gets even less use than the manual downloads.

On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 12:57 PM Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 26 August 2016 at 02:43, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> > Aside: If pip is considered the only user of PyPI, I do wonder,
> > why we bother having a user readable download index at all ;-)
> I see the smiley, but this actually has a real answer :)
> The manual download links aren't particularly useful (that's why
> Warehouse moves them to a subpage and encourages the use of "pip
> install" instead), but the user readable pages themselves are relevant
> to folks searching for dependencies that might solve their problems
> (whether using PyPI's native search, or a general internet search
> engine).
> And once you have a project information page, not having any manual
> download links *at all* would be sufficiently strange that their
> absence could reasonably be expected to puzzle people, so it makes
> sense to just provide them, rather than attempting to explain why
> they're not there.
> Cheers,
> Nick.
> --
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