[Distutils] Packaging: bdist_deb patches

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Mon Jun 8 14:28:52 CEST 2009

Hi Gerry,

During the summit at Pycon, we have said that it would be a better
strategy not to include
within Distutils os-specific tools for various reasons (and also to
remove existing ones) :

- it's better for them to have their own release cycles
- it's hard for me, as distutils maintainer, to maintain and make
evolve os-specific tools. People that are specialists on those OS
  will do a better job.

Now the problems to reach that goal are:

- some people are reluctant not to have everything included in the
stdlib (I am not). I don't think we can all agree on this,
  and since Guido have encouraged this strategy during the summit, I
guess I'm more inclined to follow it nevertheless.

- we need to detect for each existing command (rpm, etc) a project
that can take over, prior to remove it from Distutils
when appliable .

Now, for debian, since it's not included in distutils, the question is
: what is the most used/advanced project ? sdteb ?


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