[Distutils] Mutual recursion between setuptools and distutils with Python 2.7

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 01:01:48 CEST 2009

On Mon, Jun 1, 2009 at 12:41 AM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:
> Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek <at> gmail.com> writes:
>> Now the major problem with this is : the last setuptools commit is 7
>> months old, and right now
>> people are trying to obtain a new setuptools version for svn 1.6
>> compatiblity for quite a time now.
> I don't have any take in this, but perhaps a solution would be a friendly fork
> of setuptools. Apparently, it's not like there would be much competition between
> both branches. :)

If I fork setuptools to fix those problem, I will have to release it
under another name,
and ask people to change their setup.py file.

This can lead to a messy situation in the Python community imho.

People are already quite disturbed by the fact that we have distutils
*and* setuptools

I think the solution is that Phillip bless someone that have time to
spend on it,
to work on fixing those problems in setuptools.

I have volunteered to maintain distutils, and I am currently pushing
the good bits of setuptools
in Distutils. I can work a bit on setuptools side too since it's
located on the same Subversion.

But I need Phillip insights and blessing for that.

> Not being able to test setuptools-requiring software with 2.7 is rather annoying.

Yes, I agree.


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