Wheels For ...

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Sun Sep 6 21:31:16 CEST 2015

On 9/6/2015 1:33 PM, Sven R. Kunze wrote:
> Hi folks,
> currently, I came across http://pythonwheels.com/ during researching how
> to make a proper Python distribution for PyPI. I thought it would be
> great idea to tell other maintainers to upload their content as wheels
> so I approached a couple of them. Some of them already provided wheels.
> Happy being able to have built my own distribution, I discussed the
> issue at hand with some people and I would like to share my findings and
> propose some ideas:
> 1) documentation is weirdly split up/distributed and references old
> material
> 2) once up and running (setup.cfg, setup.py etc. etc.) it works but
> everybody needs to do it on their own
> 3) more than one way to do (upload, wheel, source/binary etc.) it (sigh)
> 4) making contact to propose wheels on github or per email is easy
> otherwise almost impossible or very tedious
> 5) reactions went evenly split from "none", "yes", "when ready" to "nope"
> None: well, okay
> yes: that's good
> when ready: well, okay
> nope: what a pity for wheels; example:
> https://github.com/simplejson/simplejson/issues/122
> I personally find the situation not satisfying. Someone proposes the
> following solution in form of a question:
> Why do developers need to build their distribution themselves?
> I had not real answer to him, but pondering a while over it, I found it
> really insightful. Viewing this from a different angle, packaging your
> own distribution is actually a waste of time. It is a tedious,
> error-prone task involving no creativity whatsoever. Developers on the
> other hand are actually people with very little time and a lot of
> creativity at hand which should spend better. The logical conclusion
> would be that PyPI should build wheels for the developers for every
> python/platform combination necessary.
> With this post, I would like raise awareness of the people in charge of
> the Python infrastructure.

pypa is in charge of packaging. https://github.com/pypa
I believe the google groups link is their discussion forum.

Terry Jan Reedy

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