[issue962772] when both maintainer and author provided, author discarded

Éric Araujo report at bugs.python.org
Fri Nov 12 02:23:17 CET 2010

Éric Araujo <merwok at netwok.org> added the comment:

>From PEP 345: “Note that this field is intended for use when a project is being maintained by someone other than the original author: it should be omitted if it is identical to Author.”

It’s therefore logical that maintainer wins over author: The metadata file wants a contact point, so if the original author is not active anymore and there is another person acting as maintainer, the maintainer is the contact.

This is IMO a documentation bug, which I’m assigning to distutils2 (distutils docs only get quick fixes for things that don’t work at all).

components: +Distutils2, Documentation -Distutils
versions: +3rd party -Python 2.7, Python 3.1

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