[Distutils] Default format for "bdist"

Greg Ward gward@python.net
Tue Sep 5 21:37:02 2000

Hi all --

as no doubt many of you are aware, the default behaviour for the "bdist" 
command is to create a "dumb" built distribution -- a /-relative tarball 
on Unix, and a prefix-relative ZIP file on Windows.  I have at times had 
vague plans for making the Unix default whatever is sensible on the
current platform: an RPM, a Debian package, a Free BSD package, a
Solaris package, etc. etc.  

I propose two changes to this:

  * make a dumb tarball the permanent and everlasting default for Unix:
    I don't want to write code that attempts to figure out if the
    current system is RPM-based or Debian-based or uses some other
    packaging tool (and I'm not keen on adding Marc-André's über-"grok
    this platform" module -- it's just too big)

  * make "wininst" the default format on Windows; I'm not aware of any
    problems with this spiffy little self-installing ZIP file generator,
    so why the heck not make it the default?

Any opinions?  If not, I'll go ahead and make this change and check it
in as soon as the Python 2.0b1 code freeze is lifted (err, if it isn't

Greg Ward                                      gward@python.net
If ignorance is bliss, why aren't there more happy people?