[Distutils] Proposal for Distribute 0.7

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Fri Oct 16 17:41:45 CEST 2009

At 10:46 AM 10/16/2009 -0400, ssteinerX at gmail.com wrote:
>I don't know that I'd call what I saw "designed."   Complex, yes, but
>design implies a plan and known direction, communicated by design
>documents with tests that prove the code is working as expected.
>This is not designed by any objective standard I'd use.

You are correct; setuptools itself was not particularly 
designed.  Eggs are, entry points are, a few other odds and ends were 
designed, but setuptools itself (and *especially* easy_install) are a 
collection of hacks upon hacks, mostly done in a rush to get 
something out the door...  which as soon as it became popular, locked 
into a cycle of not having enough time to do improvements, because 
maintenance was taking so much time.

>Maybe PJE is some sort of savant who can keep the myriad details of a
>piece of code like this in his head

Nope.  Why do you think I've not been thrilled about working on it?  ;-)

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