Python Distribution Utilities release 1.0 October 2, 2000
The Python Distribution Utilities, or Distutils for short, are a collection of modules that aid in the development, distribution, and installation of Python modules. (It is intended that ultimately the Distutils will grow up into a system for distributing and installing whole Python applications, but for now their scope is limited to module distributions.)
The Distutils are a standard part of Python 1.6 and 2.0; if you are running 1.6 or 2.0, you don't need to install the Distutils separately. (However, you might want to upgrade if you're running Python 1.6.) This release is primarily so that you can add the Distutils to a Python 1.5.2 installation -- you will then be able to install modules that require the Distutils, or use the Distutils to distribute your own modules.
Distutils 1.0 is the version that will be released with Python 2.0 (unless last-minute bugs pop up).
More information is available at the Distutils web page:
and in the README.txt included in the Distutils source distribution.
You can download the Distutils from
Trivial patches can be sent to me (Greg Ward) at email@example.com. Larger patches should be discussed on the Distutils mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org.