[Distutils] Will Distutils-1.0 be available outside of Python 1.6?

Greg Ward gward@python.net
Mon, 3 Apr 2000 20:49:27 -0400

On 31 March 2000, Lyle Johnson said:
> I saw the announcement a few days back about the Distutils CVS tree being
> merged back into the Python 1.6 CVS tree. I was wondering if the plans for
> "Distutils-1.0" include:
>  (1) it being available as a separate package, and,
>  (2) compatibility with Python 1.5.2.

Yes on both counts.  It might even work with Python 1.5.1, but I haven't
determined how much more work it'll be to back-port it.  (I started a
few weeks ago, but got distracted.)

The issue that is still to be decided is: how to evolve Distutils in
between Python 1.6 and 1.7 in such a way that Python 1.6 users can
install it, use it, and not mess with the standard library.  Might
require renaming the standard lib. distutils directory and letting the
site-packages version be what Python finds.

> I'm still testing against the Distutils-0.1.3 drop, which of course meets
> both of the above requirements. But I wasn't sure how to proceed with
> regards to looking at the more recent snapshot(s) and/or the CVS version of
> Distutils.

Hmmm, that's a very good argument for me putting out Distutils 0.9 real
soon now, and evolving towards 1.0 for the final Python 1.6 release:
give people like you (and your users) a chance to get used to the
upheaval since 0.1.3.  I'll have to take a look at my to-do list and see
if the current state of the code justifies calling it 0.9, or if it
should be 0.8.

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