[Distutils] Package Meta-information Patch
Fred L. Drake, Jr.
Tue, 18 Jan 2000 18:37:32 -0500 (EST)
Michael Muller writes:
> You are correct (with the exception of "shlib" - which I seem to be
> unable to import; new module?). However, none of these was as easy
> to use as this:
shlib was in 1.5.2, I think, but it is fairly new.
Perhaps the ease of use indicates that the interface to modules like
ConfigParser needs to be enhanced. You're right: it *should* be easy!
> Maybe I'm missing something here, but I fail to see how this possibility is
> any more threatening than that of a malevolent packager installing viral
> code on your system.
Even if buggy code is installed, the package manager itself should
remain usable so that it can be removed easily.
> In the system that I have submitted, the packager does not directly provide
> the meta-database file (sorry :-). The manipulation of these files is
> performed through the pkginfo module, which can encapsulate any kind of
> information repository that you like.
That does help; my misunderstanding. But I still think a non-code
syntax is preferable. Something like an .ini file is very readable
and is already familiar to sys-admin types; Python syntax is almost
there, but not quite.
Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake at acm.org>
Corporation for National Research Initiatives