The idea behind Distlib is expressed in this python-dev post, though a different name was suggested for the library. Basically, Distlib contains the implementations of the packaging PEPs and other low-level features which relate to packaging, distribution and deployment of Python software. If Distlib can be made genuinely useful, then it is possible for third-party packaging tools to transition to using it. Their developers and users then benefit from standardised implementation of low-level functions, time saved by not having to reinvent wheels, and improved interoperability between tools.
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