[Distutils] Builders vs Installers

PJ Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Wed Mar 27 02:12:02 CET 2013

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 8:33 PM, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:
> As far as I can tell the only things that even use PKG-INFO is setuptools/distribute and we want to phase them out of existence anyways.

The only thing setuptools uses it for is to find out the version of a
package in the case where an .egg-info directory or filename doesn't
have a version in its filename... which normally only happens in the
"setup.py develop" case.  So no need to keep it around on my account.

(Some tools do check for the *existence* of a PKG-INFO, like PyPI's
sdist upload validation, and the various egg formats require a file
*named* PKG-INFO, but AFAIK nothing commonly used out there actually
*reads* PKG-INFO or gives a darn about its contents, except for that
version usecase mentioned above.)

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