[Distutils] Towards a simple and standard sdist format that isn't intertwined with distutils

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 14:52:12 CEST 2015

I could be wrong but if egg-info actually generated a dist-info directory
it would probably still work.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 8:50 AM Thomas Kluyver <takowl at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 12 October 2015 at 05:37, Robert Collins <robertc at robertcollins.net>
> wrote:
>> And a bugfix :) - I didn't link to the docs for the build system
>> interface we have today -
>> https://pip.pypa.io/en/latest/reference/pip_install/#build-system-interface
> I'm happy to see that the command line interface pip requires from
> setup.py is now documented. But the first thing it describes is the
> egg_info command, and the description of what that involves is basically
> 'whatever setuptools does'. Egg info is not any kind of standard, AFAIK -
> unlike dist info. One of my main goals in writing flit is to build wheels
> without involving setuptools at all, so I'm probably never going to
> implement that.
> I also don't want to have a setup.py in the VCS at all, because it's an
> invitation for people to run setup.py whatever, and then file bug reports
> that it doesn't do exactly what setuptools/distutils would do.
> This is what I like about Nathaniel's proposal. By looking for a new file,
> it clearly indicates that this is a new style Python source tree, without
> potential confusion over what setup.py does, and it lets us specify a
> simple build system interface based on standardised pieces like wheels
> rather than messing around with the details of setuptools.
> Thomas
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