[Distutils] Other ideas from today's packaging meetup at EuroPython

Wichert Akkerman wichert at wiggy.net
Fri Jul 25 21:42:40 CEST 2014

> On 25 Jul 2014, at 21:06, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:
> On July 25, 2014 at 2:37:58 PM, Richard Jones (r1chardj0n3s at gmail.com) wrote:
>> Linux wheels are generally not compatible in a non-local sense, so it's unlikely those will be distributable through PyPI. That would also mean it's probably unlikely they'll be built there.
>> Something related to this also cane up in discussion at europython but I don't want to steal any thunder :-)
> I completely plan on making it possible to publish Linux Wheels at some point in the future and I don’t believe the binary compat problem on Linux is unable to be overcome.

I have some experience with Linux distributions, and I am struggling to image how you can possibly overcome those problems. There are a large number of reasons why binary compatibility between various different distributions, and different versions of the same distribution is not possible unless you integrate very tightly with packaging system, which is something that I don’t see being possible with wheels. I would love to hear how you envision solving that.


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