[Distutils] People want CPAN :-)

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 00:54:01 CET 2009

2009/11/7 Kaelin Colclasure <kaelin at acm.org>:
> As both a CPAN contributor and a recent PyPI contributor I think I can speak
> to this:
> When I packaged my first Perl module for CPAN distribution, there was no
> question about how to go about it. There was a clear recipe and it worked
> without a hitch the first time I tried.
> When I recently packaged my first Python module for PyPI I was a bit
> dismayed to learn that easy_install is just one of several ways to
> disseminate Python code. The documentation is fragmented... The stuff I read
> on easy_install basically assumed you already knew all about distutils, and
> I eventually had to reorganize my code from a simple module to a package
> just to get a few non-code files to be pulled in by the install. A less
> persistent would-be contributor might have given up in frustration.
> I joined this mailing list instead, and got my package working with some
> kind assistance. :-) But CPAN was just easier to contribute to.

What was in particular, the pieces missing in Distutils (doc+code)
that made you use Setuptools (doc+code) ?


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