[Distutils] MANIFEST generation

M.-A. Lemburg mal at lemburg.com
Thu Sep 25 04:50:56 EDT 2003

Alexandre Fayolle wrote:
> Hi,
> 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)

I always delete the MANIFEST before building a new release. That
seems to do the trick.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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