[Distutils] The "dist" command

Gordon McMillan gmcm@hypernet.com
Fri, 24 Sep 1999 22:07:27 -0400

Greg wrote:
    Possible modes of operation: 
    - require an explicit manifest that lists every single file (presumably 
    along with a way to auto-generate the manifest) 
    - require an explicit manifest, but allow it to have globs or filename 
    patterns of some kind (and also have auto-generation) 
    - allow an explict manifest, but automatically augment it at runtime 
    with the source files mentioned in 'packages', 'py_modules', and 
    'ext_modules' (and any other such things that might come along)

Since you can't possibly anticipate the preferences of every sicko out 
there, I'd suggest a 2 phase approach. Use specifiers / filters to create 
an explicit manifest. Let the programmer edit the manifest, then go on 
to phase 2.

- Gordon