[Distutils] PEP 376 for Distutils
ronaldoussoren at mac.com
Tue Feb 24 16:45:39 CET 2009
On 24 Feb, 2009, at 16:20, P.J. Eby wrote:
>> Indeed. Having an index file would make things a whole lot simpler.
> For *whom*? Certainly not for system packaging tools (rpm, deb, et
> A design goal should be to allow system packaging tools to install a
> static file footprint: i.e., independent files with predefined
> content, and no post-processing steps. You can't do that with a
> shared file, which is why setuptools uses a .pth hack to install
> namespace packages when building packages for rpm et al.
What about another interoperability hook for system packages: specify
a file that a (system) package manager can include into the egg-info
directory (or egg-file) to tell setuptools/pip that this egg is
managed by the system and hence shouldn't be removed by setuptools/pip.
Which such a file the user of python package tool could be warned if
he tries to uninstall an egg that's owned by the system, instead of
invoking the wrath of a sysadmin by removing such files.
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