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The state of Packaging (#63)


The state of Packaging

Presented by Tarek Ziadé

The Python Package Index (PyPI) became over the last years an essential tool to share your Python programs. As long as you use Distutils standards, you can register and upload your work at PyPI in a few seconds.

Projects like Setuptools and Pip added great features on the top of this : the ability to fetch PyPI to install a project and its dependencies. So you can "easy_install A-Program" and everything is done automatically for you.

But all these features have shown the flaws and limitations of the current Distutils design, and the urgency to make it evolve with respect to the existing OS-specific packaging systems.

This talk will detail the biggest issues that need to be solved, and the work that is being done. It will end up with a presentation of the Distutils roadmap, and an overview of the Distribute project, the Setuptools replacer.


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