[Distutils] Platform naming standardization

David Cournapeau cournape at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 02:01:44 CET 2010

On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 3:08 AM, Nate Coraor <nate at psu.edu> wrote:

> It's not even crucial to me that these be fixed, but before I continue to
> hack up the platform string, I wanted to ask the SIG to address these issues
> and hopefully decide on a standard.  That way, I can at least implement
> patches in my app that will be compatible with whatever (if anything) is
> decided.

I think the only reasonable approach today is to admit that python
does not have a well defined ABI (but see PEP 384), and only target
well known binary distributions. On mac os x, only target the python
from python.org, etc...

IMHO, all the attempts at distinguishing between UCS2 vs UCS4, etc...
are flawed, because that's only the tip of the iceberg, and it quickly
gives a big number of combinations. Cramming information into
get_platform to pretend it gives some kind of ABI guarantee does not
sound very robust.



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