[Distutils] Why are egg-info and related pth files required for rpm packages?
Phillip J. Eby
pje at telecommunity.com
Tue Sep 4 23:25:14 CEST 2007
At 02:04 PM 9/4/2007 -0700, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> > Note, by the way, that as of Python 2.5, *all* distutils-generated
> > packages include .egg-info; they just use a single file instead of a
> > directory. This makes it easy to detect what Python packages are
> > installed on a system, as long as the platform maintainers don't
> > remove this file.
>I'm sorry to say that this is not true on Fedora 7's python2.5.
Well, as I said, "as long as the platform maintainers don't remove"
it. :) I didn't know of anybody specifically removing it, but given
the long and colorful history of distributions hacking up the way
Python is installed, I expected that *somebody* would be unable to
resist tinkering. :)
>a patch that disables generating egg-info files for distutils. I've
>started talking with the python maintainer in Fedora to find out why the
>patch exists and if it can be removed but he needs some time to find out
>why the patch was added in the first place.
>(A note in the spec files implies that the patch was added so as not to
>generate egg-info for python core libraries and it might not have been
>meant to affect distutils as a whole. I have to figure out if even that
>level of meddling is going to prove bothersome and make a
>recommendation. If you can think of some cases where that would be bad,
>please reply so that I can include them in our discussion.)
If you mean the Python-2.5.egg-info and wsgiref.egg-info, they are
both definitely supposed to be there.
The latter is there so that packages that depend on a specific
version of wsgiref can do so without needing to check what Python
version they're on.
I really would have liked to include .egg-info for *all* the 2.5
stdlib add-ons including ctypes and ElementTree, but there wasn't
time to co-ordinate that before the release.
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