[Distutils] Installing scripts

Mark W. Alexander slash at dotnetslash.net
Thu Jun 10 19:07:58 EDT 2004

On Thu, Jun 10, 2004 at 06:56:53PM -0400, Tim Peters wrote:
> [Mark W. Alexander]
> ...
> > If it's a "Fred thing", then call me Fred ;) I despise having to call
> > whatever.sh, something.py and heavenforbid.pl. From the command line,
> > what do I care what the script is written in, or even if it's a script,
> > an ELF. or an alias. Extensions are fine for developers, because they
> > need to know implementation details. User's do not, and making them know
> > is just rude (IMNSHO).
> You can't tell me about users:  I have two sisters <wink>.  For years, they
> saw ".pdf" and ".html" etc as just part of the file name.  "." didn't mean
> anything special to them -- that's a learned convention.  Then again, my
> definition of "user" doesn't include people who run scripts from shell
> windows either.

Sisters?! Wait 'til you have a wife & kids!

I think we're agreed that extensions stay on Windows scripts. On *nix, I
think they're a nuisance on executables. Also note that official Debian
packages strips the .pl, .py, .sh, etc., extensions off when upstream
developers don't, I _think_ as a matter of policy. So maybe we're back
to a bdist_* based implementation?

Mark W. Alexander
slash at dotnetslash.net

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