[Distutils] formencode as .egg in Debian ??
"Martin v. Löwis"
martin at v.loewis.de
Wed Nov 23 22:07:42 CET 2005
Phillip J. Eby wrote:
> I try to use very long names for options that can have damaging effects
> if used indiscriminately. A project that's installed the "old-fashioned
> way" (which is what this does, apart from adding .egg-info) is hard to
> uninstall and may overwrite other projects' files. So, it is only safe
> to use if the files are being managed by some external package manager,
> and it further only works for a single installed version at a time. So
> the name is intended to advertise these facts, and to discourage people
> who are just reading the option list from trying it out to see what it
> does. :)
And that is indeed a fine principle. The option would only occur
inside debian/rules (which is the Makefile to build the deb file),
so users would never need to type it manually (except for the DD
My request would be that the option is stable in its meaning,
e.g. if there is a need to extend/change its semantics, a different
option is introduced (unless it is certain that existing Debian
packages would continue to build correctly under the new meaning).
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