Second, the format of setup.cfg is defined in a documentation already, so there is a reference outside of configparser. Yes, the low level format is not explicitly defined (although it is implicitly): so let's do define it instead of creating a new one.
Third, it's still a much easier and saner task to rafine the definition of setup.cfg than to create a new standard. I don't even understand how this is controversial, espacially among people in the computing world, where we had those kind of problems for decades and we know the pros and cons, and consequence of this.
The "I add my little format because it's pure and better and current things suck" falacy is such a stereotype we should all be able to recognize it from miles away from nowaday.
I wouldn't call comments an edge case. The distutils documentation has a definition for comments, but I think it actually just uses configparser. setuptools just uses configparser. The pbr documentation has a slightly different definition, but I wouldn't be surprised if it just uses configparser too.
They also have different definitions of non-string types.
Even if you call those edge cases, do you think a PEP that turned edge cases into silent errors would be approved?
The most used one in the world: https://github.com/travis-ci/dpl/issues/822
Also the last time I used tox, anything complex didn't work either.
> Even if you call those edge cases, do you think a PEP that turned edge cases into silent errors would be approved?
Well the current PEP decided to turn a packaging situation that was stable into one that was not, again, after 15 years of mess with many versions of things. So you tell me.
Check the usage stats I posted in an other comment to see the problem.
Besides, yes, we do make compromise on best practices to allow peaceful transition all the time in Python. `async/await` allowing to be a variable silently. Non utf8 defaut encoding argument in open() in windows. Then... we fix it later.
Because I think you conveniently skip a lot of things I wrote in my comments. I clearly state that we would and should consider setup.cfg as a version 1 of the format. Then we would increment on that. I gave a detailed procedure on one way to do that, and there are others.
The point is, all your concerned can be addressed with a progressive transition, starting from setup.cfg. Actually we could even end up with a toml format in setup.cfg, __on the long run__, that matches exactly the current one.
While you addressed non of ours concerns. Just reject them. No will to even recognize there is a problem. It's insulting, really.
We did that during the 2/3 transition. Didn't work so well, did it ?
Oh but we do. Then we rationalize it away, because "this time...". Like we do for Big Rewrites.
It might have something to do with the fact that programming is mostly a craft you learn by doing it, so we overvalue "doing it again" because that's how we usually get better.