[Distutils] Time for a setuptools_lite??

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Wed Oct 28 15:10:29 EDT 2015

On October 28, 2015 at 3:05:57 PM, Daniel Holth (dholth at gmail.com) wrote:
> I feel like you are suggesting that the person who spent their time
> developing some software and then gave it to away, and then chose a build
> system that was convenient for them, is causing problems. We can prevent
> them from causing those problems by asking them to use the sdist file
> format. How much pain would we be looking at with accepting a github
> archive of a tag as the official source? Something like an extra debhelper
> script per build system?

No, I’m suggesting that the PyPA needs to be conservative with it’s recommendations and that we need to consider the broader ecosystem impact. Individual projects or people may have different criteria they use to determine what is an acceptable solution, but we have to walk the fine line between trying to do what’s best for many different groups of people (and we sometimes have to make things worse for X to make it better for Y).

I don’t have any problems with flit, or if someone wants to use it. I have a problem with making it an official recommendation prior to the foundations being laid to make it what I consider to be a reasonable, ecosystem wide, solution.

Donald Stufft
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