[Distutils] Pre-pre-PEP: Requirements for the Python BUILDS Specification

Floris Bruynooghe floris.bruynooghe at gmail.com
Fri Oct 10 22:10:25 CEST 2008

On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 10:56:02PM +0300, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 02:34:30PM -0400, Ian Bicking wrote:
> > Paul Moore wrote:
> > >My feeling, by the way, is that "system packagers" are the more
> > >relevant group on Linux/Unix (where most users install Python modules
> > >via system packages, or else they are developers)
> > 
> > I think this is part of why I don't understand the system packager 
> > perspective.  Developers shouldn't use system packages, it just doesn't 
> > make any sense to have that intermediation.
> This only applies to packages you're developing, not those you're using
> to develop your app/library/whatever.
> Why I, as a developer, prefer system packages:
>  * easier installation
>  * easier upgrades
>  * I don't have to keep track of security updates myself

I'd like to add to this: making myself develop against system packages
will make sure my work will be easy to package up and hence deploy.


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