Python Module Distribution Utilities release 0.1 September 29, 1999
The Python Module 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 will be a standard part of Python 1.6. This release is intended to provide a wider audience an early opportunity to try out the system, improve its portability, shake out the bugs, make suggestions, and so forth. Do not expect perfection: if you're trying out this release, it should be because you want to help debug and develop, not because you need a stable, working system immediately.
You can download the Distutils from the Distutils SIG home page:
Any feedback, comments, bug reports, success reports, etc. should be reported to the Distutils SIG at
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Reports of minor bugs (patches are especially welcome!) can be sent directly to me (Greg Ward) at email@example.com. Anything that expects a longer response than "Thanks for the bug report/fix!" should be directed to the SIG.