[New-bugs-announce] [issue31898] Add `recommended-packages.txt` to `venv` documentation

Nick Coghlan report at bugs.python.org
Mon Oct 30 01:17:27 EDT 2017

New submission from Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com>:

As per the python-ideas thread starting at https://mail.python.org/pipermail/python-ideas/2017-October/047508.html, this is proposal to add a `pip -r` compatible `recommended-packages.txt` file to the `venv` documentation that summarises replacement module recommendations in other parts of the standard library documentation.

Suggested entries are:

requests    # Recommendation in urllib.request docs
regex       # Recommendation in re docs
cffi        # More typesafe alternative to ctypes
six         # Python 2/3 compatibility library
setuptools  # Alternative to distutils that supports modern packaging standards

I'm also tempted to suggest pytz as the preferred source of up-to-date named timezones, but I'm not sure how often that's really needed in situations where you can't just depend on it explicitly instead.

assignee: ncoghlan
components: Documentation
messages: 305210
nosy: ncoghlan
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Add `recommended-packages.txt` to `venv` documentation
versions: Python 3.7, Python 3.8

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