[Distutils] build system abstraction PEP

Robert Collins robertc at robertcollins.net
Wed Oct 28 02:35:51 EDT 2015

On 28 October 2015 at 18:03, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 11:01 PM, Robert Collins
> <robertc at robertcollins.net> wrote:
>> I've run it past Donald and he has a number of concerns - I think
>> we'll need to discuss them here, and possibly in another hangout, to
>> get a path forward.
> Now that I've had a chance to read it properly...
> First impression: there's surprisingly little overlap between this and
> my simultaneously-posted draft [1] -- my draft focuses on trying to
> only document the stuff that everyone seemed to agree on, includes a
> proposal for static metadata in sdists (since Donald seemed to be
> saying that he considered this a mandatory component of any proposal
> to update how sdists work), and tries to set out a blueprint for how
> to organize the remaining issues, whereas yours spends most of its
> time on the controversial details that I decided to skip over for this
> draft.

Right - I'm avoiding changing how sdists works at all: that is not necessary
for introducing the ability to run arbitrary build tools.

> Being an engineer, there are a number of these details that I'm
> tempted to quibble over :-), but I will restrain myself for now and
> wait first to see how the other thread develops and whether we do have
> general agreement on the points I wrote, since this seems like a
> complex enough topic that it could easily spiral become a
> conversational morass if we aren't careful to keep the different
> issues organized?

Agreed, separate issues, separate threads :).

Robert Collins <rbtcollins at hp.com>
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