[Distutils] Splitting metadata from setup.py in distutils..
david.lyon at preisshare.net
Mon Aug 17 17:23:43 CEST 2009
On Mon, 17 Aug 2009 16:09:31 +0100, Chris Withers <chris at simplistix.co.uk>
>> We must resist the option to nest (against unnecessary complexity).
>> ConfigParser does lists easily so you can store a list of files
>> extremely easily.
> Cool, what's the format for lists?
If there isn't a built in format for lists, you can simulate it
by numbering items. Eg:
file1 = abc.txt
file2 = def.txt
>> It also does free form text (descriptions).
> And for this?
>From my observations it seems to tabulate the first column. Eg:
description = This package converts popular tv soap operas
into something that is readily viewable on your
python powered mobile phone.
>> For me, that only leaves the choice of a filename..
>> - setup.info
>> - setup.conf
>> - others..?
> ...is entirely up to the package developer. We can suggest whatever, but
> since it'll be called from setup.py, we can't do anything other than
> suggest a sensible default that will work with the tools that will
> hopefully show up that only parse the static file...
My idea was to have the distutils "setup()" read the data from the
config file. Defaulting to a particular file with a particular name.
Since we have a convention for setup.py, adding the convention for
a particular 'setup.info'/'setup.xml'/'package.setup' doesn't seem to
me to be a difficult ask. As long as it has 'setup' included somewhere
in the filename.
>> Having a setup.py and a setup.info to me seems simple and
>> straightforward. It's easier to understand than having all
>> the metadata 'hardcoded' in a program (as "cute" as that is).
> For some packages (see lxml for example) it's not cute but a necessity
> to figure out how to build their extensions properly...
ok - I'll check it out.
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