[Distutils] Working toward Linux wheel support

Robert Collins robertc at robertcollins.net
Thu Aug 20 21:58:07 CEST 2015

On 21 August 2015 at 07:25, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:
> On August 20, 2015 at 3:23:09 PM, Daniel Holth (dholth at gmail.com) wrote:
>> If you need that for some reason just put the longer information in the
>> metadata, inside the WHEEL file for example. Surely "does it work on my
>> system" dominates, as opposed to "I have a wheel with this mnemonic tag,
>> now let me install debian 5 so I can get it to run".
> It’s less about “now let me install Debian 5” and more like tooling that doesn’t run *on* the platform but which needs to make decisions based on what platform a wheel is built for.

Cramming that into the file name is a mistake IMO.

Make it declarative data, make it indexable, and index it. We can do
that locally as much as via the REST API.

That btw is why the draft for referencing external dependencies
specifies file names (because file names give an ABI in the context of
a platform) - but we do need to identify the platform, and
platform.distribution should be good enough for that (or perhaps we
start depending on lsb-release for detection


Robert Collins <rbtcollins at hp.com>
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