[Distutils] People want CPAN :-)

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 05:28:39 CET 2009

David Cournapeau wrote:

> I don't understand what's there to buy. Several people reported
> distutils errors without any backtrace, though a fair shared of those
> were caused by our own extensions.

distutils specifically swallows exceptions and formats them for users by 
default. After all, it is trying to behave like a regular command line program 
that interacts with users, not developers. This is easily overridable for 
developers who are trying debug problems by setting the environment variable 
DISTUTILS_DEBUG=1. This will make distutils just give the traceback.

Is this what you are referring to?

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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