[Distutils] buildout recipe options

Kent Tenney ktenney at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 05:00:41 CET 2009

On Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 1:37 PM, Jim Fulton <jim at zope.com> wrote:
> On Jan 5, 2009, at 2:29 PM, dunia wrote:
>> Hi list
>> I'm a little bit confused with the buildout configuration files, and i
>> can't find any useful information. I get that every part of the buildout has
>> a recipe and this recipe takes some configuration options. My question is
>> ...how can i know which are those options? I went through the code and found
>> most of them, but not all.
> Do you mean, "How do you know which options are available?"
> I'll assume yes.
>> Maybe this is very simple, i recognize that my knowledge of python is not
>> as good as it should be...yet ;). Anyways, any hint would be useful for me.
> You have to rely on the recipe documentation.  Recipes should provide
> documentation that describes how they're used, including what their options
> are.  Many recipes make this available as part of their PYPI pages (For
> example, see http://pypi.python.org/pypi/zc.recipe.deployment). Buildout
> doesn't provide an API for a recipe to register or declare the options it
> provides.  Perhaps it should.


> My philosophy has been to try make as few
> demands on recipe authors as possible.

As a buildout newbie , I would recommend offering the
recipe author a standard way to briefly describe available options.


> I could see some benefit in
> providing an optional registration mechanism that buildout could use if it's
> present.
> Jim
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> Jim Fulton
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