[Python-Dev] Distutils and Distribute roadmap (and some words on Virtualenv, Pip)

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 18:44:08 CEST 2009

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 4:55 PM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> OTOH, the register command sends the meta-data directly to
> the PyPI database, so it doesn't even need another file
> for storing away the meta data.
> Unless I'm missing something important (which I probably am),
> the only added value of the new format over PKG-INFO is the
> micro-language.

That's one. The other one is to avoid to deal with yet another
configuration file
alongside setup.py, and just deal with a [metadata] section in setup.cfg.

And PKG-INFO stays a static, platform-specific file that exists only when the
distribution is installed on the target platform.

>> No, but if you ask for it I can write it.
> Please do. The format will need documentation anyway and the
> motivation should be made clear as well.

Ok I will


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