[Distutils] Package Meta-information Patch
Fred L. Drake, Jr.
Tue, 18 Jan 2000 13:03:23 -0500 (EST)
Michael Muller writes:
> itself is readable), and because it was the only format that I was
> _absolutely certain_ would be available on every platform that
> would be using distutils.
No, it's fair to assume that the entire standard library is
available. That makes available ConfigParser, rfc822, shlib, and
xmllib. Writing a parser *is* an option, because it can be
incorporated into distutils, but I don't see any need to do so with so
many already-debugged modules available.
> Also, there's the fact that with Python code, the interpreter is
> written in C - it will run significantly faster than any code that
> could be written in Python.
And the first malevolent packager to add a "while 1" loop to his
package metadata breaks the whole system.
If performance is really an issue, C and Java implementations can be
built as needed.
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake at acm.org>
Corporation for National Research Initiatives