On Apr 21, 2016, at 02:54 PM, Tristan Seligmann wrote: >With my upstream developer hat on: source packages on PyPI are meant for >end users to install via pip. They often include generated artifacts, and >don't include things that aren't intended for installation via pip (tests >being just one of these). > >For distribution packaging purposes, the GitHub tags are generally >preferrable. GitHub makes archives of tagged releases available as >tarballs, so this is generally a simple tweak to debian/watch.
With my own upstream hat perched precariously on my head, I disagree. I generally prefer to include the test suite in the PyPI tarballs and I also submit bug reports to upstream that don't include them. Most have been very accommodating, especially when you can provide a simple patch to their MANIFEST.in. I agree with Fred that PyPI tarballs have multiple intended consumers. I also don't particularly like relying on GitHub generated tarballs. Despite popular believe, not every upstream uses GH or even git, signs their tags or even tags their releases. But almost *every* Python package releases tarballs to PyPI. There are a few very limited cases where upstreams have balked at supplying their test suites in their PyPI tarballs. One that I agree with is pip[*] because it's downloaded like a jillion times a day so in that case, have a more svelte tarball makes sense. I think Donald and I talked about them spinning a pip-dev tarball for distro consumers, but for now I just override dh_auto_test in d/rules. Cheers, -Barry [*] https://github.com/pypa/pip/issues/3370