[Distutils] MANIFEST destiny :)

Christopher Lenz cmlenz at gmx.de
Wed Nov 16 20:21:55 CET 2005

Am 16.11.2005 um 18:53 schrieb Phillip J. Eby:
>> Again, not everybody is using distribution processes
>> built around CVS or Subversion. Left aside that there
>> are quite a few other SCM tools out there, you also have
>> the case where you create distributions from plain
>> directories (which is what MANIFEST.in and MANIFEST
>> are targetting).
> The source control is a supplement to the "add_defaults" of the sdist
> process, not a replacement for MANIFEST.in.  Some users need to add
> non-source-controlled files, for example.  But *simple things  
> should be
> simple*, and treating source control info as part of the defaults  
> makes
> them work simply for most people.  And if you don't want the defaults,
> there should be only one way to turn them off - by excluding files in
> MANIFEST.in, not by a command line option.

I'm not sure I understand this proposal completely, but I don't think  
it's a good idea to have a project's build/setup process rely on  
having version control meta-data around. Wouldn't that mean that the  
built package would be incorrect when the setup is run from an `svn  
export`ed (or otherwise cleaned up) copy?

Christopher Lenz
   cmlenz at gmx.de

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