On 27 May 1999, Ovidiu Predescu said:
I started to investigate the ways to package the work I've done and I discovered the distutil package. I'm trying to write a setup.py file, but I need the following things and I didn't figure out how to express them:
- the main C file is obtained by running the m4 program on a .m4 file. How can
I specify this dependency and the rule for generating the C file?
- I need to define a C preprocessor macro that contains the version of the
readline library. The way the things are setup now is by running a configure script that determines the version of the library. Can I do this with setup.py?
Alas, the Distutils suite just doesn't have this capability yet: there is no support for building extension modules. All the current version can do is copy .py and .pyc files around. The key thing is that it codifies a standard way for copying them around, and provides a fairly flexible OO framework for adding stuff like building/installing extension modules. Unfortunately, I just haven't gotten around to doing that stuff yet.