I spent some more time on making numpy.distutils runnable under python 3. I finally made up to the point where it breaks at C code compilation, so we can start working on the hard part. The branch is there for review
The code is quite ugly to be honest, but I have not found a better way; suggestions are welcomed. The biggest pain is by far exception catching (you can't do except IOError, e in python 3), and then print. Most other things can be handled by careful application of 2to3 with the fixers which keep python2 compatibility (print is unfortunately not one of them). There are also a few python 3.* bugs in distutils (I guess few C-based extensions made it for python 3 already).
The rationale for making numpy.distutils runnable under both python2 and python3 (instead of just applying 2to3 on it): - it enables us to bootstrap our build process through the distutils 2to3 command (which is supposed to convert code to python 3 from python 2 sources on the fly). - The few informations I found on non trivial port all made sure their setup.py was python 2 and 3 compatible - which means numpy.distutils for us. - 2to3 is very slow (takes 5 minutes for me on numpy), so having to apply it every time from pristine source for python 3 support would be very painful IMHO.