Packaging Survey first results

by Tarek Ziadé

Around 570 people answered the survey, which is a great number I didn’t expect. Thanks again to Massimo for his help on this.

I have a lot of work to read all the open question answers, and all the comments that goes with the “other” answer, but I wanted to publish the results of the closed questions before the summit.

I don’t want to comment the results yet. I will after I have studied all answers, so it’ll be a little while 😉

Who are you ?

Professional developer using Python exclusively.
283
Professional developer using Python unable to use Python “at work”.
34
Professional developer using Python sometimes.
196
Hobbyist using Python.
116

Where are you located ?

USA
212
Western Europe
268
Eastern Europe
42
Asia
18
Africa
9
Other
70

If you are a web programmer, what is the framework you use the most ?

Pylons
55
TG 2
14
TG 1
15
Django
184
Zope (including Plone)
137
Other
207

How do you organize your application code most of the time ?

I put everything in one package
171
I create several packages and use a tool like zc.buildout or Paver to distribute the whole application
137
I create several packages and use a main package or script to launch the application
198
I use my own mechanism for aggregating packages into a single install.
67

For libraries you don’t distribute publicly, do you you create a setup.py script ?

Yes
321
No
249

What is the main tool or combination of tools you are using to package and distribute your Python application ?

None
80
setuptools
150
distutils
127
zc.buildout and distutils
10
zc.buildout and setuptools
107
Paver and setuptools
9
Paver and Distutils
3
Other
64

How do you install a package that does not provide a standalone installer (but provides a standard setup.py script) most of the time ?

I use easy_install
241
I download it and manually run the python setup.py install command
139
I use pip
34
I move files around and create symlinks manually.
7
I use the packaging tool provided in my system (apt, yum, etc)
81
Other
33

How do you remove a package ?

manually, by removing the directory and fixing the .pth files
275
I use one virtualenv per application, so the main python is never polluted, and only remove entire environments.
154
using the packaging tool (apt, yum, etc)
178
I don’t know / I fail at uninstallation
79
I change PYTHONPATH to include a directory of the packages used by my application, then remove just that directory
31
Other
10

How do you manage using more than one version of a library on a system ?

I don’t use multiple versions of a library
217
I use virtualenv
203
I use Setuptools’ multi-version features
46
I build fresh Python interpreter from source for each project
16
I use zc.buildout
109
I set sys.path in my scripts
48
I set PYTHONPATH to select particular libraries
49
Other
23

Do you work with setuptools’ namespace packages ?

Yes
178
No
344

Has PyPI become mandatory in your everyday work (if you use zc.buildout for example) ?

Yes
228
No
294

If you previously answered Yes, did you set up an alternative solution (mirror, cache..) in case PyPI is down ?

Yes
77
N/A
277
No
166

Do you register your packages on PyPI ?

Yes
239
No
281

Do you upload your package on PyPI ?

Yes
205
No
314

If you previously answered No, how do you distribute your packages ?

One my own website, using simple links
139
One my own website, using a PyPI-like server
50
On a forge, like sourceforge
N/A
251
Other
56
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