Chris McDonough wrote:
> I'd hope you'd agree that given a perfect world where packaging structure
> backwards compatibility was not a concern:
> - The original distribution structure was a mistake.
> - Changing it would be a bugfix.
I think we should've gone for an approach where we slowly peeled off
independent packages from a big ball in iterative fashion, instead of
the giant explosion we ended up with. (assuming the tools allow us to do so)
Whether changing it back now would be a bug fix: I don't know, for two
* we have the ability now to do fine-grained bugfix and feature releases
of individual packages without having to coordinate all code. This of
course is also a minus, sometimes.
* more nebulous: I do find that the explosion, for all its flaws, helped
us with identifying bad dependencies. Peeling off packages would allow
us to do this too, however.
> That said, given your other arguments in prior mails today, I'll give up
> agitating for any packaging changes on this maillist, because it's pretty
> impossible to argue against the article of faith that there is some presumed
> majority of
meta: I don't like how you say that this is an article of faith, because
you seem to imply that we're superstitious with this.
Concretely I have quite a few codebases around that depend on the
current package list being present. They'd stop working if we suddenly
withdrew these packages from PyPI. I think there are quite a few others
in the same position.
> Maybe when setuptools grows "provides" and "obsoletes" setup parameters (ala
> RPM), this particular problem can be solved better technically.
Yes, something like that would probably help.
>> As indications I propose:
>> "This package is intended to be independently reusable in any Python
>> project. It is maintained by the Zope Toolkit project."
>> (with hopefully appended: "For more documentation on this see<narrative
>> "This package is at present not reusable without depending on a large
>> chunk of the Zope Toolkit and its assumptions. It is maintained by the
>> Zope Toolkit project."
>> We can also add 'reusable' to the metadata tags in PyPI in addition to this.
> I think this is a reasonable workaround if the packaging structure does not
I'll start putting up a few of these notifications today.
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