[Distutils] Improving distutils vs redesigning it (was people want CPAN)

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 10:20:16 CET 2009

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 7:36 AM, Robert Kern <robert.kern at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Why do incremental improvements have to break all the hard work that has
>> already been done?  Surely this is what a compatibility policy is about.
> Since Tarek keeps asking us to make proposals without thinking about
> compatibility, I wonder what policy is being kept in mind. My comment stems
> from my worry about that attitude.

Come on, I answered on that already. This is getting nowhere now.

I keep asking you that because, after a few mails we had, I think
that's the only way we can
work on your use cases efficiently. My policy is to discuss a design
for a particular
use case you have, before we put it back in the big picture. But that
is impossible if in every answer
you guys make, you just say that "distutils must be replaced".

Since three days now, I have made concrete proposals on some changes,
but you guys, seem not to hear it. It seems that the discussion turns into some
political discussion where you just say that "distutils must be replaced".

or "you can't fix it", "your can't make small steps"

Shall we focus on the problems you have ?


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