[Distutils] Deleting legacy contents from core install guide?

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sun Feb 23 23:07:00 CET 2014

On 24 Feb 2014 07:48, "Marcus Smith" <qwcode at gmail.com> wrote:
>> However, after thinking a little more on the challenge, I believe the
>> lower level legacy content should fit right in as a new subsection in
>> the distutils docs at http://docs.python.org/3/distutils/index.html.
> There's 3 things right now:
> 1. http://docs.python.org/3/distutils/index.html    ("Installing Python
> 2. http://docs.python.org/3/install/index.html  ("Distributing Python
> 3. http://docs.python.org/3/library/distutils.html  ("28.15. distutils")
> I was thinking that #1 and #2 should disappear (or just provide a link to
the PUG).
> I don't think you should bother to recreate any more guides in the
python.org docs.
> The valuable "reference" content in #1 and #2 should be refactored into

I'd like to keep 1 & 2, but in the form of a high level introduction to
their respective areas, including the difference between the standard
library and third party modules, and the role redistributors play in the
Python ecosystem. Aside from the fact I think that information is useful to
end users, and needs to be conveyed in the official docs to give it the
necessary authority,  my other rationale for that is that I would like to
keep the respective links in the top level overview page for the Python
docs, as well as avoid breaking any existing deep links to those pages. It
also ensures we have at least basic documentation in the offline help files.

> I'm willing to work on a patch for this, if you agree.

I do like the idea of moving most of the distutils docs into the distutils
module reference.

If you were willing to handle that task, that would be brilliant - I'd then
focus on writing *new* content for the installation and distribution
overview pages that introduces open source development principles, PyPI,
the Python Packaging Authority and the Python Packaging User Guide.

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