[Distutils] tourist here, with a dumb RTFM question

Michael Bayer mike_mp at zzzcomputing.com
Thu Mar 6 19:37:08 CET 2014

On Mar 6, 2014, at 1:07 PM, Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com> wrote:

> pje said:
> The "Feature()" facility was never completely implemented or
> supported, and even if it were, it should be deprecated now, as it
> will not be compatible with the coming packaging systems based on PEP
> 426. If you need separate features, use separate distributions and
> "extras" instead.

wait, ok this is that thing.  “separate distributions” means….



I think that’s what it means.    OK, not sure if I have to say this but that would be…OK very very unworkable.   A Python package distribution is a *source distribution*.  That suggests that one need to package up separate source distributions in order to specify an option, is… OK very very unworkable.   (note by “very very unworkable” I mean “list of hyperboles I had to backspace out because that’s not why I’m here”).

If a package has three flags, now there need to be  *eight source distros*?  Really?   On the plus side, I just used math.

how does one even maintain this in source control?  Do I have setup.py.nocext, setup.py.cext, maintain a copy of 99% the same code in each, then rename them when I do “python setup.py sdist” (since sdist doesn’t take command line options either!!)  ?   The suggestion is completely inappropriate.

I don’t know the metadata format in pep426 well enough to comment (as I wanted to use it one day and found that it seemed to still be pretty much vapor), but I’ll reiterate: these are source distributions, not binaries or wheels or anything like that.  A source distro has to build, and builds need options.    A metadata format that purports to represent metadata about a source distribution and does not support flags is a broken metadata format.

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