[Distutils] Re: distutils and python release schedule

Greg Ward gward@python.net
Fri, 11 Aug 2000 22:22:30 -0400

On 10 August 2000, Thomas Heller said:
> Now, with the release schedules for 1.6 and 2.0
> what is the status of distutils?
> Which version will be included in 1.6 (do we care
> about that)?.
> Which version in 2.0? Probably 1.0, whatever that means...

Given my glacial release schedule, Python 1.6 will probably include
Distutils 0.9.1 (0.9 + bug fixes and some of Rene's reorganization of
extension building on Windows).  Still planning for Distutils 1.0 in
Python 2.0.

> Will bdist_wininst be part of these?
> Has anyone heard about anyone using it?

Yeah, bdist_wininst went out in Distutils 0.9, *and* I used it to create
an installer for the Distutils!  I haven't heard from anyone having
problems with it, but then I haven't heard from anyone using it
successfully either.  I can only assume that it works.

> bdist_wininst has one known bug (the user
> running the installer will receive error messages
> if zero-length files are included in the distribution).
> I have a fix for this bug, and also started a larger
> rewrite of the installer, but this is not yet finished.

Cool -- please send the little patch.

Another problem: the strings "1.5" and "1.6" are hardcoded into the
installer.  Can you add "2.0" and send in the appropriate patches?

Thanks --

Greg Ward - nerd                                        gward@python.net
God made machine language; all the rest is the work of man.