[Distutils] mebs, the meta-build system

PJ Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Thu Oct 18 23:21:20 CEST 2012

On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM, Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com> wrote:
> An installer downloads an sdist. For each installed build plugin,
> .recognize(dir) is called. The first plugin to return True is used.

Why not just have a standard bit of metadata in an sdist that tells
the installer what builder(s) needs to be installed?  i.e., the
equivalent of setup_requires on steroids.

(Granted, for backward compatibility, it's not hard to recognize
setuptools, distribute, or distutils-based sdists.)

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