[Distutils] Builders vs Installers

PJ Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Wed Mar 27 18:12:08 CET 2013

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM, Vinay Sajip <vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> To those people who would balk at editing JSON by hand - who's asking you
> to? Why not just get the data into an appropriate dict, using any tools you
> like, and then serialise it to JSON?

The challenge here is again the distinction between raw source and
sdist, and the interaction with revision control.  Either there has to
be some way to tell MEBS (i.e. the overall build system) what tool
you're using to generate that JSON, or you have to check a generated
file into revision control, and make sure you've updated it.  (Which
is error prone, even if you don't mind checking generated files into
revision control.)

This strongly suggests there needs to be *some* human-editable way to
at *least* specify what tool you're using to generate the JSON with.

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