[Catalog-sig] Too much good stuff

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 09 Nov 2000 17:46:50 -0500

> On Thu, Nov 09, 2000 at 02:26:47PM -0500, Mark W. Alexander wrote:
> >What about external (non-python) dependencies that would not be in the
> >DB? This would include pretty much any shared library that a wrapper
> >module needs. Do we carry enough meta-data to cover all cascading
> >dependencies? If so, how do we verify them? Search the system?
> >Query the native package manager? (My head's starting to hurt....)
> This is why I'm strongly against worrying about tracking dependencies
> right now: the issue is complicated and messy to solve.  A solution
> that only handles storing and finding packages is much easier to do,
> and already much better than what currently exists.  Let's finish
> listing requirements for 1 through 3 and design something first,
> leaving dependencies for later.

Good point.  Version and dependency tracking tend to be flamebait.
The distutils sig almost went up in flames over a discussion on how to
define version numbers. :-)

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