[Distutils] Expectations on how pip needs to change for Python 3.4

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Wed Jul 17 12:17:38 CEST 2013

On 17 July 2013 00:56, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:

> On Jul 16, 2013, at 1:36 PM, Matthias Klose <doko at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> 5. Support cross-compilation of extensions by default.
> TBH I don't know how much of this has anything to do with pip? As far as
> compiling goes all pip does is call setup.py install so people are
> compiling with either setuptools or distutils.

Nothing at all. Cross-compilation is not handled by pip, nor is it relevant
to the discussions about bundling pip with Python.

The much longer-term goal of the packaging discussions around decoupling
"builders" and "installers" might allow for the development of better 3rd
party build tools with cross-compilation support (things in the space that
tools like bento occupy) but it will never be something that pip needs to
concern itself with. I doubt that the standard library (i.e. distutils or
any successor) will be involved in this either - it's specialised enough
that 3rd party tools are the correct way to handle it.

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