[Distutils] [Fwd: Re: Annoucing distribute project]

Tres Seaver tseaver at palladion.com
Sat Sep 27 13:48:53 CEST 2008

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Greg Ewing wrote:
> Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> Yeah, but *is* dropping backward compatibility an option here?
> I'm not sure the concept of backward compatibility
> makes sense here. The only kind of distutils replacement
> I would be interested in would have a completely different
> API, completely different structure and completely
> different implementation. Anything less would fail to
> fix the problems we want to fix.
> Given that, what would it even *mean* for the new tool
> to be backward compatible with distutils?

I think a tool which was willing to fake being distutils enough to
extract information from existing 'setup()' calls would probably be
enough, myself, so that:

 $ python <bbb_extractor_script>.py setup.py

would create the equivalent of PKG_INFO / EGG_INFO on disk, where it
could then be used to drive the new installer.

>> The same might be happen to distutils 2 in a few years. You are going
>> to have to plan making it more maintainable.
> A modular structure with an easy-to-follow implementation
> would certainly be part of the plan, I hope.

And good tests and even better docs.

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