On Mon, Mar 22, 1999 at 10:10:22AM -0500, Greg Ward wrote:
Go crazy. No documentation yet -- please read the code! Start with distutils/core.py which, as its name implies, is the start of everything. I went nuts with docstrings in that module last night, so hopefully there's just enough there that you can figure things out in the absence of the "Distutils Implementation Notes" document that I'd like to write.
Just a quick question: Does the package support something like autoconf's DESTDIR ? I.e. installing the built package in a directory different from the actual target ? I'm not sure if that's in the scope of `build --dir' or `install --prefix'.
DESTDIR is necessary for building Debian packages: Debian's packaging tools work on files in `pwd`/debian/tmp. Generally, something like "./configure --prefix /usr; make; make DESTDIR=`pwd`/debian/tmp install" is used. Note that this is different from setting prefix to `pwd`/debian/tmp!