[Distutils] elements of setuptools/wheel/FHS file categories proposal

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Mon Apr 20 21:14:24 CEST 2015

On Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 3:01 PM, Vinay Sajip <vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> From: Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com>
>> I had suggested writing the mapping next to one of the package's
>> installed .py files, but it sounds like all other commenters would
>> prefer a JSON file inside the .dist-info directory.
> Since it's installation metadata, .dist-info seems the right place for it.
>> I would prefer to keep the RECORD manifest of all installed files plus
>> hashes separate from the e.g. .dist-info/install_scheme.json, it
>> should not be necessary to parse the former just to figure out where
>> the config directory is.
> It's just a json.load - no specialised parsing code would seem to be required. Is your preference due to concerns about performance, aesthetics, backward compatibility or something else?

All of the above. Performance, memory, adding re-standardizing the
RECORD as yet another prerequisite for getting this proposal through,
orthogonality. If you want to argue it's equally fast, tell me that
it's equally fast on a 1st gen Raspberry Pi, not on an 8-core Zeon.

Most importantly the RECORD just has nothing to do with the paths to
each file category, and it doesn't even exist in a development
checkout which has not been installed.

> Regards,
> Vinay Sajip

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