[Distutils] How can I create prebuilt distributions?

Thomas Heller theller@python.net
Fri Feb 14 15:06:30 2003

"M.-A. Lemburg" <mal@lemburg.com> writes:

> There has been some work put into a package directory recently
> (see http://www.python.org/peps/pep-0301.html) and registering
> .ppm like files in such a directory would sure make the Python
> experience an even better one :-)
> Here's a demo: http://www.amk.ca/cgi-bin/pypi.cgi
> > I am very interested in doing this still, and I'm hoping that we can
> > find some resources to do it "right" at some point.  It's true that
> > we have had to focus on some things beyond others.
> That would be great :-)
> The system is missing the "get the stuff and install it" part
> (which is good, since its better to do this in small steps
> rather than coming up with big ideas and then losing interest).

The system is missing more, IMO, and that's the critical part:
There should be a way to programatically find out which file
I have to download.  I have suggested this when the PEP was posted,
but it wasn't included in the PEP afaik.

Now they have added a download-url field, but there must be convention
how to interpret it's value IMO (depending on platform, version, and
so on).

Again: determining from a Python script which dist-file I have to
download is the most critical part, all the other stuff has been
demonstrated in several implementations (ciphon, pypan, maybe more).