[Distutils] [RFC] Recentering the static metadata need : PKG-INFO

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Mon Oct 19 13:46:11 CEST 2009

On Sun, Oct 18, 2009 at 12:00 AM, David Lyon <david.lyon at preisshare.net> wrote:
> So in your PEP, your could have code..
>  if sys.platform == 'linux2':
>     gnome_installed = os.path.exists('/etc/gdm/gdm.conf')
> Then exposed that as a variable in your condition:
> 'if desktop in "gnome|windows"' etc

>From the stdlib PoV, exposing new variables like "gnome" isn't
appropriate, because
we don't want to keep track of all desktop systems in the stdlib.
That's impossible.

So we have to work at providing tools for the developers in the
conditions, for them
to express them.

So exposing os.environ for your use case could help. I am not sure
about file presence though.

More generally, I feel uncomfurtable to give too much power in the
PKG-INFO syntax, I think
things like os.platform() are enough to describe conditional fields in
the metadata.

I can see a use case for building Extensions and package_data etc..

But what is the use case to detect gnome for the metadata fields ?


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