[Distutils] Installing scripts

Fred L. Drake, Jr. fdrake at acm.org
Thu Jun 10 16:51:25 EDT 2004

On Thursday 10 June 2004 02:31 pm, Tim Peters wrote:
> At least stick a .txt extension on text files users may want to read. 
 > Does it also offend delicate non-Windows sensibilities, e.g., to see
 > README.txt instead of README?  If it does, the issue is broader than just

It doesn't bother me, but I can't speak for others.  It's not clear when .txt 
extensions should be added; things like the README are most useful when a 
distribution is unpacked.  That indicates the "sdist" command is a good 
candidate, but I don't know how often that's actually used (rather than just 
rolling a tarball from a CVS or Subversion export).  There's also not good 
metadata support for documentation files in general in distutils.

It would be nice to improve that situation.  Again, we have cross-platform 
issues (CHM files on Windows, text files that need line-end normalization, 
and probably lots more).


Fred L. Drake, Jr.  <fdrake at acm.org>
PythonLabs at Zope Corporation

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