[openstack-dev] Requests + urllib3 + distro packages

Thomas Goirand zigo at debian.org
Thu Oct 15 06:53:06 UTC 2015

On 10/15/2015 12:18 AM, Robert Collins wrote:
> On 15 October 2015 at 11:11, Thomas Goirand <zigo at debian.org> wrote:
>> One major pain point is unfortunately something ridiculously easy to
>> fix, but which nobody seems to care about: the long & short descriptions
>> format. These are usually buried into the setup.py black magic, which by
>> the way I feel is very unsafe (does PyPi actually execute "python
>> setup.py" to find out about description texts? I hope they are running
>> this in a sandbox...).
>> Since everyone uses the fact that PyPi accepts RST format for the long
>> description, there's nothing that can really easily fit the
>> debian/control. Probably a rst2txt tool would help, but still, the long
>> description would still be polluted with things like changelog, examples
>> and such (damned, why people think it's the correct place to put that...).
>> The only way I'd see to fix this situation, would be a PEP. This will
>> probably take a decade to have everyone switching to a new correct way
>> to write a long & short description...
> Perhaps Debian (1 thing) should change, rather than trying to change
> all the upstreams packaged in it (>20K) :)
> -Rob

Well, having the changlog (and other stuff) of packages merged into the
long description is not helpful, not for Debian, nor for upstream Python


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