[Distutils] Disposition of C extensions and packages

Andrew M. Kuchling akuchlin@mems-exchange.org
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 17:46:35 -0500 (EST)

Guido van Rossum writes:
>[Michael Sanner]
>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).  ... 
>Without a shared area, each platform can update without affecting the

Good argument, and I think I'm convinced by this point; even though
duplicating the .py files goes against my grain, that's probably just
a sign of my age.  But what platform-specific directory should
packages be installed into?  Is <prefix>/plat-<sys.platform> the right
place?  Or do we need site-packages/plat-<sys.platform>?  (Yet Another
default directory added to sys.path -- yuck!)

A.M. Kuchling			http://starship.python.net/crew/amk/
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