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

David Cournapeau david at ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Mon Sep 29 13:51:21 CEST 2008

Phillip J. Eby wrote:
> 1. Source tree layout
> 2. Build configuration files/build processing
> 3. configure.py
> 4. sdist format & metadata
> 5. build tree layout (for build code to build and installers to
> install from)

Could you explain more why you want do spec out tree layout, because I
don't understand. To me, it should be possible to set where different
things go from a description (ala autoconf: data, shared, etc... except
we would have to take into account non-unix OS of course), but forcing a
particular build tree layout and source tree ? What does this give us ?

> These elements would make it possible for the distutils to be divided
> up into more maintainable slices, that are owned by a much larger
> group of people, with much lower probability of burnout.  Given a
> stable build layout, install tools aren't likely to change much. 
> Given a stable source and build layout, build tools aren't likely to
> change much.  The hairiest bits (extension/compiler stuff) will have
> to be in stdlib anyway, and are fairly isolated within the overall
> process.

Yes, this is a critical point. Installation, deployment and build are
linked, in the sense the former needs information from the later, but
they have very different requirements otherwise.



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