[Distutils] install --dry-run broken?

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Fri Apr 23 06:58:14 CEST 2010

At 05:11 PM 4/22/2010 -0400, Jim Fulton wrote:
>Or maybe this constitutes "working" for distutils. ;)

It does, I'm afraid.  The problem is that the build is also a dry 
run, so the files aren't there for the later bits to actually copy.

It might be better to do a dry run mechanism based mainly on 
setuptools' sandboxing code -- the sandbox framework could be 
extended to allow faking all file operations that go through normal 
Python APIs.  (i.e. not external commands like compilers; those would 
of course fail unless separately faked.)

There are actually quite a lot of applications for such sandboxing 
within the distutils, that at one time I hoped to explore in later 
setuptools versions.  (e.g. for testing, uninstalls of arbitrary 
packages, etc.)

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