[Distutils] the future of setuptools development
zooko at zooko.com
Wed Jul 2 17:40:06 CEST 2008
Thank you so much for inventing setuptools and for bringing it to its
level of maturity.
It seems that you don't have time right now to be the sole maintainer of
setuptools. Opening up a codebase to commits from multiple people is
risky, but once a project is big and successful enough, multiple
often needed to make sufficiently fast progress.
Fortuately, there is a good way to ameliorate the risks and to help
programmers coordinate with one another: unit tests.
Also fortunately, Tarek Ziadé and Chris Galvan have spent some time
writing tests for setuptools. Please give those two folks commit
the setuptools SVN repository so that they will be maximally
encouraged to continue that work!
We -- the community of people who care enough about setuptools to
improving it -- will make an effort to maintain setuptools's high
quality, both by automated testing, by code review, and by manual
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