[Distutils] Pondering multi-package packages

Greg Ward gward@python.net
Sun, 28 May 2000 15:25:34 -0400

On 27 May 2000, M.-A. Lemburg said:
> It would probably be wise to have one setup.py file per ZIP
> archive. The ZIP archives have predefined content and the setup.py
> files could have this information hard-coded somewhere.

Good point.  Does this mean I don't have to worry about recursive setup
scripts after all?  ;-)

> I would have to move away from my current installation logic
> though (simply unzipping and then compiling in place). With
> distutils help this shouldn't be much of a problem though
> (I hope ;-).

Yes, please do!  The idea of having to unpack a distribution archive in
a particular place has always deeply offended me; the fact that more
than one Python module distributor thought this was a good idea is one
of the things that motivated me to do the Distutils in the first place.
IOW, forcing you to build in one place and install to another place is a

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