[Distutils] Is is worth disentangling distutils?

Lennart Regebro regebro at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 07:21:57 CET 2012

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM, Antonio Cavallo
<a.cavallo at cavallinux.eu> wrote:
> Hi,
> I wonder if is it worth/if there is any interest in trying to "clean" up
> distutils: nothing in terms to add new features, just a *major* cleanup
> retaining the exact same interface.
> I'm not planning anything like *adding features* or rewriting rpm/rpmbuild
> here, simply cleaning up that un-holy code mess. Yes it served well, don't
> get me wrong, and I think it did work much better than anything it was meant
> to replace it.
> I'm not into the py3 at all so I wonder how possibly it could fit/collide
> into the big plan.
> Or I'll be wasting my time?

The effort of making something that replaces distutils is, as far as I
can understand, currently on the level of taking the best bits out of
distutils2 and putting it into Python 3.4 under the name "packaging".
I'm sure that effort can need more help.


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