[Distutils] Disposition of C extensions and packages

Guido van Rossum guido@CNRI.Reston.VA.US
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 17:29:19 -0500

[Michael Sanner]
> What management are you talking about here ?? It seems to me that
> duplicate copies of identical files (one copy per platform) is
> inconvenient (at least for my perspective).

Suppose a new version of a package is released for platform X but not
yet for platform Y (maybe platform Y is less popular and the only
maintainer is on vacation).  Further suppose the platform-independent
files are changed in the new version.  Now if you install it in the
shared area for platform X, you screw platform Y's installation.
Without a shared area, each platform can update without affecting the

> Moreover, why provide an prefix and an exec_prefix if we are going to put
> everything into the same tree anyway ??

They are old features; 5 years ago this was worth it to save 0.5 Mb of
disk space.

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