Packaging Survey first results

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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