[Distutils] [zc.buildout] running in safe mode

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Fri Oct 3 00:26:52 CEST 2008

On Oct 2, 2008, at 6:15 PM, Ian Bicking wrote:

> Jim Fulton wrote:
>>> I know it is a bad practice for a recipe to return some paths that
>>> contains important data in the install() method,
>>> because zc.buildout might remove them.
>>> Nevertheless, it happens from time to time that a developer lose  
>>> some
>>> content because of a misconfiguration,
>>> or a zealous recipe. That is his responsability, and backups are  
>>> done for that.
>> I don't think backups are the right approach.  It's a mistake to  
>> have recipes manage precious data.  If you really really really  
>> think that's a good idea, then the recipe should at least manage  
>> uninstall and move precious data aside, rather than remove it.
>> I don't think it is really the user's problem is a recipe  
>> misbehaves by allowing precious data to be removed.
> I'll note fassembler uses a file abstraction layer so that its  
> recipes are safe by default: https://svn.openplans.org/svn/fassembler/trunk/fassembler/filemaker.py
> I think buildout would be a lot more humane if it took the same  
> approach.

I'd be interested to know what you mean by this, but I'm not willing  
to read that source to find out.

Can you be a little more specific?


Jim Fulton
Zope Corporation

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