[Python-ideas] bdist naming scheme (compatibility tags) PEP

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 01:07:16 CEST 2012

A bit of background: Daniel's wheel project aims to provide the
oft-requested feature of a cross-platform binary distribution format that
can be cleanly and automatically mapped to the platform specific formats.

In reviewing the draft format spec for wheels, I noted that it was worth
getting broader agreement on the basic binary compatibility identification
scheme early, since it doesn't need to be specific to the wheel format and
will play a critical role in letting installers find the right binaries
efficiently regardless of any other format details. For wheel in
particular, aspects of this PEP will show up in various places in metadata,
filenames and installer configuration settings.

The PEP could probably use a "Background" section with some of the above


Sent from my phone, thus the relative brevity :)
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