[Distutils] MANIFEST generation

Alexandre Fayolle Alexandre.Fayolle at logilab.fr
Thu Sep 25 04:40:09 EDT 2003


I have the feeling that the MANIFEST file is not always generated from
the MANIFEST.in, especially if MANIFEST.in has not changed since the 
previous generation. Is this the right behaviour?

I was recently bitten by this when shipping a bugfix release: new files
had been added which should have made it to the tarball, but since the
MANIFEST file was not regenerated, this did not happen. 

Is regenerating the MANIFEST file so expensive that this tiny
optimisation is necessary? My experience with most package is that the
time gained is not that big -- especially compared to the time spent
tracking the missing files ;o)

Alexandre Fayolle
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