How has Python Packaging Failed You?

Python packaging has a lot of problems. I am one of the people who are working hard to fix those problems. However I have a problem. I know too much about packaging and it’s internals and I’ve lost sight of what problems face actual users. So this is my open call to anyone and everyone who uses or has ever used the packaging toolchain in Python.

What doesn’t work for you? What have you had to work around? Do you teach new people? What doesn’t work for them? What about packaging is the most painful for you? How can packaging be made to serve your needs?

If you’re willing to share your experiences with me just drop me a line at and I’ll get back to you.