[Distutils] Builders vs Installers

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 22:12:53 CET 2013

I am -1 on renaming anything unless it solves a technical problem.
Forever after we will have to explain "well, it used to be called X,
now it's called Y..."

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM, Erik Bray <erik.m.bray at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM, PJ Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM, Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I think PKG-INFO is a highly human-editable format.
>> That doesn't mean you necessarily want to edit it yourself; notably,
>> there will likely be some redundancy between the description in the
>> file and other files like the README.
>> Also, today one of the key use cases people have for custom code in
>> setup.py is to pull the package version from a __version__ attribute
>> in a module.  (Which is evil, of course, but people do it anyway.)
>> But it might be worth adding a setuptools feature to pull metadata
>> from PKG-INFO (or DIST-INFO) instead of generating a new one, to see
>> what people think of using PKG-INFO first, other files second.  In
>> principle, one could reduce a setup.py to just "from setuptools import
>> setup_distinfo; setup_distinfo()" or some such.
> In other words, using d2to1 and only for `setup.py egg_info` (only not
> egg_info but whatever we're doing instead to generate the metadata ;)
> Erik

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