On 25 August 2000, Mark W. Alexander said:
And finally....Documentation. What's with perl and LaTeX2HTML?
Perl's not so bad, it's LaTeX2HTML. You can extend it by writing Perl subroutines -- not so bad if you know Perl, *except* that the interface is bizarre, undocumented, and subject to random changes. I think it boils down to this: to process the Python docs, you need to be using a specific beta version of LaTeX2HTML from mid-1998, which in turn necessitates using Perl 5.005 -- L2H, or at least this specific beta from mid-1998, bombs under Perl 5.6.
At least, I think that's what the situation is.
My need for documentation is growing since I'm trying to do bdist_pkgtool and bdist_sdux in, well let's just say a less casual approach. bdist_pkgtool has stuff hard-coded ("build/lib", etc) because I didn't have time to really figure out the correct ways to find information. Is there any hacker's guide to distutils info any where (beside's the source, of course!). Especially what bdist_* has available....
Alas, there is no guide to the internals. ;-( Use The Source, Luke. Spend some time with bdist_dumb; it's much simpler than bdist_rpm, and was mainly written 1) to demonstrate that built distributions were indeed possible, and 2) as an example to authors of new bdist_* commands.