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Requirements file format documentation is incomplete #7385

maxwell-k opened this issue Nov 19, 2019 · 0 comments

Requirements file format documentation is incomplete #7385

maxwell-k opened this issue Nov 19, 2019 · 0 comments


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@maxwell-k maxwell-k commented Nov 19, 2019


  • pip version: master
  • Python version: all (Python 3.7)
  • OS: all (Linux)

This is an issue with the documentation.


The current requirements file format section of the documentation is incomplete and therefore misleading:

It can lead a reader to understand that certain content is not supported, when it is in fact supported.

Expected behavior

The requirements file format documentation should be a comprehensive explanation of what is permitted in a requirements file. A reader should be able to identify what is allowed from the documentation without having to read the underlying source code.

How to Reproduce

  1. Browse to
  2. Compare the list under "The following options are supported:" with


Five supported options are missing from the list:

  • -c, --constraint
  • -e, --editable
  • -r, --requirement
  • --pre
  • -Z, --always-unzip
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