[Distutils] Improving distutils vs redesigning it (was people want CPAN)
pje at telecommunity.com
Sat Nov 14 16:31:43 CET 2009
At 12:36 AM 11/12/2009 -0600, Robert Kern wrote:
>Sorry, I edited out the bit at the last minute where I explained
>that it would be great to have a centralized option-managing object
>such that any command can ask what options were set on any other
>regardless of the dependencies between commands.
Actually, that such a thing is needed in the first place is evidence
of one of the deepest design flaws in the distutils -- the fact that
things which are fundamentally system or project-level configuration
values are defined in terms of options to commands!
The distutils is a definite case of "superficial design flaws being
so annoying as to keep most people from noticing the fundamental
design flaws". ;-)
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