[Python-Dev] Keyword meanings [was: Accept just PEP-0426]

Donald Stufft donald.stufft at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 02:46:57 CET 2012

On Friday, December 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM, Nick Coghlan wrote:
> That's not what a Conflicts field is for. It's to allow a project to say *they don't support* installing in parallel with another package. It doesn't matter why it's unsupported, it's making a conflict perceived by the project explicit in their metadata.
> Such a field is designed to convey information to users about *supported* configurations, regardless of whether or not they happen to work for a given use case. If a user believes a declared conflict is in error, and having the two installed in parallel is important to them, they can:
> 1. Use virtual environments to keep the two projects isolated from each other
> 2. Use an installer that ignores Conflicts information (which will be all of them, since that's the status quo)
> 3. Make their case to the upstream project that the conflict has been resolved, and installing the two in parallel no longer causes issues
4. Use the eventual --force flag that any installer that supported conflicts is likely to include ;) 

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