[From a discussion on xml-sig about problems with RedHat8]
Martin v. Löwis wrote:
Craeg Strong email@example.com writes:
Yes, this function does not exist in Python 2.1.3 (win2K) __revision__ I am sure that upgrading to Python 2.2.2 would fix this problem, and I will certainly do this as soon as Zope 2.7 is released...
Ah, ok. So I guess you are more-or-less out of luck. We simply cannot support building RPMs on Python 2.1, and Redhat 8: You either need an older RPM package (where rpm -ba still works), or a newer Python (where rpmbuild is used).
Replacing distutils wholesale should probably work, as well, but no distutils release is forthcoming.
Since Python 2.3 will ship with the last distutils version which is compatible with Python 1.5.2 I think it would be a good idea do another release...