[Distutils] Package install failures in 2.6.3 - setuptools vs Distribute

Jeremy Sanders jeremy at jeremysanders.net
Mon Oct 5 17:32:15 CEST 2009

K. Richard Pixley wrote:

> Ronald Oussoren wrote:
>> For beginners this issue is a showstopper that they cannot resolve
>> without help.
> I'm a relative beginner to distutils/setuptools/distribute, but a long
> time configuration/build/packaging professional.  You're mistaken if you
> think that any of these technologies are suitable for beginners.  The
> state of python package distribution resembles the state of linux
> packages circa 1995, except that it isn't very well documented at all.

As a general question, is there any planned project to improve the state of 
distutils or replace it? It appears to be one of the weakest parts of the 
Python system and needs replacing with something much cleaner, better 
documented and more powerful.

Even making something like cmake the standard would help a lot.


jeremy at jeremysanders.net

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