[Python-ideas] Python package file type

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Fri Mar 11 00:03:59 CET 2011

On 3/10/2011 4:43 PM, Yuval Greenfield wrote:
> I agree, it's definitely not a simple task. I'd say to be somehow viable
> these would be the minimum requirements:
> * Registration of the file type
> * Detection of installed python runtimes.
> * Installer user interface that wraps the main setup.py flows.
> I might find the time to work on a POC for windows though I'd rather
> hear some python-ideas feedback before I embark on such a journey. One
> gripe that comes to mind is the fact that some people might like the
> .tar.gz file type and never want to switch over.

Part of the problem is that there are at least two categories of use cases.

Simple: one has one package (in the import sense). This can include a 
README and other non-python files. Zip it, ship it. Recipient unzips 
into site-packages. All done.

Complex: anything else.

Terry Jan Reedy

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