[Python-Dev] standards for distribution names

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Thu Sep 16 20:11:37 CEST 2010

At 12:08 PM 9/16/2010 +0100, Chris Withers wrote:
>Following on from this question:
>...I'd thought that the "correct names" for distributions would have 
>been documented in one of:
>Where are the standards for this or is it still a case of "whatever 
>setuptools does"?

Actually, in this case, it's "whatever distutils does".  If you don't 
build your .exe's with Distutils, or if you rename them after the 
fact, then setuptools won't recognize them as things it can consume.

FYI, Twisted has a long history of releasing distribution files that 
are either built using non-distutils tools or else renamed after being built.

Note, too, that if the Windows exe's they're providing aren't built 
by the distutils bdist_wininst command, then setuptools is probably 
not going to be able to consume them, no matter what they're called.

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