[Distutils] Are egg files needed when building/installing via --root?

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Sat Nov 29 23:51:39 CET 2008

At 09:39 AM 11/29/2008 -0800, Brian Cameron wrote:

>>>This has already happened to at least one Linux distribution that 
>>>I'm aware of; they had been stripping out the .egg-info and it 
>>>then caused more problems for their users than it was worth.
>>I'm aware of three linux distributions that used to strip out 
>>.egg-info files and then changes their policy and now leave them 
>>unmolested: Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu.
>Interesting, what sort of problems did the distros run into if they
>removed the files?  That would be the sort of information that would
>be useful to add to the manual, I think.

Actually, I would tend to assume that randomly removing files from a 
piece of software distribution would be pretty likely to produce 
problems, so I don't get why people try to delete them in the first 
place...  or even why they'd *want* to.

Again, if you'd like to submit a documentation patch at a spot you 
think would be suitable, I'll certainly look it over for 
inclusion.  Personally, I have no idea what to say or where to say 
it, as it sounds too much to me like saying, "we suggest you not 
remove your internal organs, as doing so may cause undesirable results."  ;-)

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