[Distutils] tracking requested vs dependency installs in PEP 376 metadata

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 16:39:30 CEST 2009

On Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 09:21:29AM -0400, Carl Meyer wrote:
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> Chris Withers wrote:
> The downside here is that it introduces one more wrinkle for installers
> to worry about handling correctly. There are strong use cases for the
> single bit "requested vs auto-installed"; nobody's yet presented use
> cases for the additional log info. The only thing that comes to my mind
> is UI niceties: being able to tell the user when, why, and by what agent
> a package was installed. I'm not aware of existing package managers that
> go that far; doesn't mean it's a bad idea.
rpm (one of the Linux package managers) tracks when a package was installed
and when it was built.

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