I caught Tarek on IRC and forced him to answer my questions. Here are the latest news:
- I have cleaned up and synchronized the distutils2 codebase with packaging in 3.3. All features and bugs are now identical. The test suite runs with Python 2.4 to 2.7; there are three or four test failures (linux, with threads, UCS4, not shared). Please clone, build (we backported hashlib for 2.4), test and file bugs! We’ll make an alpha4 as soon as all tests pass.
- I have started work in a named branch to provide distutils2 for Python 3.1 and 3.2. Patches will flow between packaging, distutils2 and distutils2-py3. I’ll start a discussion on catalog-sig to improve support of parallel releases of 2.x and 3.x-compatible projects.
- The docs in the d2 repo will be removed; people will go to docs.python.org and mentally convert packaging to distutils2. I’ll update the PyPI page.