[Distutils] setuptools 0.6c8 released

Philip Jenvey pjenvey at underboss.org
Sat Feb 23 00:51:30 CET 2008

On Feb 19, 2008, at 7:08 AM, Phillip J. Eby wrote:

> At 08:32 PM 2/18/2008 -0800, Philip Jenvey wrote:
>> It looks like it's due to the fact that simplejson includes an
>> optional C speedup extension. It overrides the distutils build_ext
>> command so it can swallow any compiler errors (and skip building the
>> extension). I guess it must be faking out setuptools into thinking
>> there'll be a native_libs.txt when there won't be. I'm going to
>> investigate it more this week.
> Hrm.  It's actually a setuptools bug.  The bdist_egg command either  
> creates or deletes native_libs.txt in the working .egg-info  
> directory, then copies to the built egg's EGG-INFO.  However,  
> there's no reason for it to be in .egg-info, since native_libs.txt  
> is only relevant for zipped .egg files.
> The specific problem is that the source distribution of simplejson  
> contains a native_libs.txt, which is therefore listed in the  
> SOURCES.txt...  which is then used by the metadata copier to copy  
> it into EGG-INFO...  right after it gets deleted by bdist_egg.
> So, basically, bdist_egg should be writing or delete  
> native_libs.txt only from EGG-INFO, and to fix the problem in  
> existing builds, the egg_info command will need to always delete  
> native_libs from the .egg-info.

How does this patch look?

I also made the extract_constant tests skip on Jython/IronPython, so  
every test should pass on these platforms.

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>> I also just noticed there's problems with ez_setup.py on jython on
>> Windows -- though this might not be setuptools fault -- just FYI,
>> it's on my radar to investigate that as well before your final  
>> release.
> Ok.

We're ok for Jython on Windows, the problems I saw were all Jython's  

What I was particularly worried about was stray open file handles --  
they could prevent a file from being os.unlink'd (since Windows  
doesn't allow you to delete a file when it's still in use). This kind  
of thing is particularly evil for Jython because Java's gc may not  
finalize and close our left open file objects as immediately as  
CPython's does.

setuptools didn't have any stray file handles that seemed to cause  
problems for me, but I went through the codebase and found some  
anyway, patch #2:

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