On 8 Jun, 2009, at 22:22, Leonardo Santagada wrote:
The point is not exactly cross compilation, but cross maintaining of distribution specific code. The only way this actually works now, I would guess, is because rpm format hasn't changed much, and win32_inst has a huge user base.
Even for bdist_rpm it is questionable if the implementation is correct w.r.t. the policies of various distributions. Given the discussions about this in the past we wouldn't need a "bdist_rpm" or "bdist_deb" but "bdist_redhat", "bdist_suse", "bdist_debian", ...
Bdist_wininst and bdist_msi are somewhat special because the OS vendor does not have a specific policy on how to install python software.