Working group for Python CPAN-equivalence?

John Nagle nagle at
Wed Mar 3 18:05:44 CET 2010

Ben Finney wrote:
> Olof Bjarnason <olof.bjarnason at> writes:
>> Hi everybody!
>> The "Where is CPAN for Python?" question keeps popping up, with
>> answers ranging from "There is no CPAN for Python" and "We already
>> have CPAN for Python" (confusing).
> Caused in no small measure by the fact that Perl people mean at least
> two distinct things by “Where is CPAN for Python?”:
> * The central package registry, CPAN, with metadata in a standard
>   queryable format, and all registered packages redundantly mirrored and
>   available for installation at user-specified versions.
>   We have an equivalent in PyPI, though it's incomplete since many
>   *registered* packages are not actually hosted *at* PyPI.

    CPAN is a repository.   PyPi is an collection of links.

    CPAN has over 260 mirrors.  PyPi has none.

    CPAN enforces standard organization on packages.  PyPi does not.

    CPAN has quality control, with testers and a test reporting system.
    PyPi does not.

				John Nagle

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