[Distutils] Questions about distutils strategy
Guido van Rossum
Tue, 07 Dec 1999 11:42:58 -0500
> The whole point of Distutils is to allow Joe Unix Geek to develop module
> distributions that will build and install painlessly on non-Unix
> systems, *and* Jane Windows Weenie to develop module distributions that
> will build and install painlessly on non-Windows systems. If Jane is
> writing Windows-only extensions, then nobody's forcing her to use
> Distutils and maintain a setup script (although it would be nice).
> Ditto for Joe writing Unix-only extensions.
> That means that Unix geeks can't use makefiles to distribute their
> Python modules, and it means that Windows weenies can't use Microsoft's
> project files to distribute their Python modules. The bad news is that
> if you really really want to use the local convention for automated
> building (both of which have advantages), you have to maintain a
> separate setup.py script. The good news is that setup.py is portable
> and written in a real programming language.
Good summary of the distutil charter. I would add a third objective:
*users* on all platforms are tired of having to understand the
intricate details of building and installing Python modules, and want
module distributions that "just work". This includes platform
--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)