[Distutils] Annoucing distribute project

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Thu Sep 25 18:55:36 CEST 2008

On Sep 25, 2008, at 12:46 PM, Andreas Jung wrote:

> --On 25. September 2008 12:31:40 -0400 "Phillip J. Eby" <pje at telecommunity.com 
> > wrote:
>> Personally, I would rather see not a "fork", but development of an
>> entirely new disutils replacement, and then not worry at all about
>> backward compatibility at the setup.py level.  Apart from the
>> pkg_resources module, I would treat setuptools and distutils as  
>> legacy
>> infrastructure, and explore better ways to build and manage  
>> distributions
>> (including eggs).
> We can not restart with something completely different or new. Such  
> an approach would be totally unacceptable due to the huge amount of  
> existing modules having switched to setuptools. Setuptools or an  
> improved codefork must be the tools for managing distibutions in  
> Python.

I would be willing to start with something new if and only if it was  
adopted as part of Python.


Jim Fulton
Zope Corporation

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