[Python-Dev] Package Management - thoughts from the peanut gallery

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Fri Apr 3 18:20:36 CEST 2009

Tarek Ziadé wrote:
> I have taken the commitment to lead these tasks and synchronize the people
> that are willing to help on this.

Good, I'm one of those people, sadly my only help may be to ask "how is 
this bit going to be done?".

> The tasks discussed so far are:
> - version definition (http://wiki.python.org/moin/DistutilsVersionFight)
> - egg.info standardification (PEP 376)
> - metadata enhancement (rewrite PEP 345)
> - static metadata definition work  (*)

These all seem to be a subset of the last one, right?

> - creation of a network of OS packager people

This would be useful...

> - PyPI mirroring (PEP 381)

I don't see why PyPI isn't just ported to GAE with an S3 data storage 
bit and be done with it... Offline mirrors for people behind firewalls 
already have solutions out there...

> Each one of this task has a leader, except the one with (*). I just got back
> from travelling, and I will reorganize
> http://wiki.python.org/moin/Distutils asap to it is up-to-date.

Cool, is this the focal point to track your activities?

> If you want to work on one of this task or feel there's a new task you can
> start, please, join Distutils SIG or contact me,

Well, I think my "big list" breaks down roughly as tasks, of which I 
think the stuff you're already doing will hopefully take care of the 
first 2, but what about the rest. If labour shortage is all that's 
stopping this, then let me know ;-)


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