Richard Jones' Log: Perhaps "PyPI" will do

Thu, 07 Apr 2005

After polling around for ideas, and looking at the various alternatives, nothing really grabs me. "PyPI" captures the nature of the beast we've created well-enough. It's not too silly. It's short. It's in place. I think I've decided that it'll do.

Maybe the potential for confusion was overstated because of the proximity with the PyPy people during the PyCon Sprints. The pronunciation really isn't an issue... It's only potentially confusing when you're in the same room as the PyPy people. Even then, it's pretty clear what you're talking about when some additional context is supplied (eg. "Is your package in PyPI?", "Grab XYZ from PyPI")

And hell, PyPI was named first :)

Comment by Howe on Thu, 07 Apr 2005

Finally someone with his mind in place...

Comment by toby on Thu, 07 Apr 2005


And you can always say 'the Python Package Index' anyway.

Comment by Martijn Faassen on Thu, 07 Apr 2005

"It's only potentially confusing when you're in the same room as the PyPy people."

That's hardly true, we had the same "PyPI , um I don't know how to pronounce this" by the speaker, "and then there's PyPy but I don't mean that" at a presentation at the Dutch Python Usergroup meeting a short while ago.

Far worse, a joke by me saying we could extend PyPy so it could run the language backwards to deal with transactional issues of package installation, was rather confusing. :)

I for one welcomed the renaming effort, as it's indeed confusing. But you were indeed, first. How *does* one pronounce PyPI anyway?

Comment by Tim C on Thu, 07 Apr 2005

How about PyInTheSky - like the British TV series with Richard Griffiths? The origin of the term is intesersting - see here.

Comment by A.B.Leal on Thu, 07 Apr 2005


MOPP (Ministry of Python Packages)

had a certain ring to it. Especially if it came with a "Department of Redundancy Department".

Comment by Jason on Fri, 08 Apr 2005

Could just pronounce it Py-P-I in such company, if you can remember to.

Comment by Tim C on Sat, 09 Apr 2005

Well, if you go with PyPI, then it can be represented as PyΠ or perhaps Py∏

Comment by Martin Blais on Sun, 10 Apr 2005

why not change it to PPI then?
that's a real acronym, and it won't clash with PyPy.

PPI = Python Package Index