[Distutils] Call for Distutils 2.0 suggestions

Stefan Seefeld seefeld at sympatico.ca
Fri Oct 10 10:14:47 EDT 2003

amk at amk.ca wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 08, 2003 at 09:55:38PM -0400, Stefan Seefeld wrote:
>>Great to hear that you plan to work on distutils. Do you have any
>>timeframe in mind ? What kind of changes are you considering ?
>>Just (minor) fixes or even changes to the underlying design ?
> Timeframe: for Python 2.4.  The Pythonmac-SIG is moving on building a 
> package manager, and that's likely to drive some changes.
> Changes: mostly just cleaning up and rearrangements; I don't want to do a
> massive set of changes that would break existing scripts or require creating
> a distutils2 package.  

I fully agree that backward compatibility is important. But I do think 
that distutils in its current state is not very useful for slightly
non-trivial projects (specifically those involving C/C++ extensions),
and, while making it useful by filling some holes is not that hard,
it's certainly quite a bit more than just 'cleanup' and 'rearrangement'.

How would you plan to do the work ? Are you interested in people
collaborating ? Will the development / discussion happen on this list ?


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