distutils-sig: forum to discuss module distribution utilities for Python
The distutils sig exists to discuss the design and implementation of a suite of module distribution utilities for Python. These utilities will take the form of some standard modules, probably grouped in the 'distutils' package, for building, packaging, and installing third-party modules. This includes both modules written purely in Python and extension modules written in C/C++.
The main deliverable will be the following core modules (in the distutils package): build - provides code for building a module, which might include copying .py files into a staging area, compiling and linking .c files, processing documentation to an installable form, etc. dist - create a source distribution bdist - create a 'built distribution' (the equivalent of a 'binary distribution', except that binaries won't necessarily be present install - install a built library on the local machine gen_make - generate a Makefile to do some of the above tasks (mainly 'build', for developer convenience and efficiency)
I will tentatively put forward March 1999 as a target for a working release to run on top of Python 1.5.2, which might require a patch-and-rebuild-Python step (or might find ways to work with the information available under 1.5). For a complete, tested, documented suite ready to bundle with Python 1.6, let's shoot for June 1999.
Other topics of interest:
The starting point for discussion on the sig will be the summary of the IPC7 Developer's Day session which got this whole thing rolling: