[Python-Dev] RE: [Distutils] Terminology question

Lyle Johnson jlj@cfdrc.com
Fri, 26 May 2000 08:20:34 -0500

How about "PWAN", the "package without a name"? ;)

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> [mailto:distutils-sig-admin@python.org]On Behalf Of Greg Ward
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> Subject: [Distutils] Terminology question
> A question of terminology: frequently in the Distutils docs I need to
> refer to the package-that-is-not-a-package, ie. the "root" or "empty"
> package.  I can't decide if I prefer "root package", "empty package" or
> what.  ("Empty" just means the *name* is empty, so it's probably not a
> very good thing to say "empty package" -- but "package with no name" or
> "unnamed package" aren't much better.)
> Is there some accepted convention that I have missed?
> Here's the definition I've just written for the "Distribution Python
> Modules" manual:
> \item[root package] the ``package'' that modules not in a package live
>   in.  The vast majority of the standard library is in the root package,
>   as are many small, standalone third-party modules that don't belong to
>   a larger module collection.  (The root package isn't really a package,
>   since it doesn't have an \file{\_\_init\_\_.py} file.  But we have to
>   call it something.)
> Confusing enough?  I thought so...
>         Greg
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