[Distutils] Proposed new Distutils API for compiler flag detection (Issue26689)

Sylvain Corlay sylvain.corlay at gmail.com
Sat Aug 20 18:09:17 EDT 2016

Hi Ralf,

On Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 11:42 PM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers at gmail.com>

>> On python-dev and in the bug tracker, Sylvain has understandably asked
>> for a review with an eye to adding this new feature to Python 3.6 whose
>> feature code cutoff is scheduled for a few weeks from now.  As release
>> manager, I am not opposed in general to adding new features to Distutils
>> but I think we should be very cautious about modifying or adding new
>> Distutils APIs, given that many third-party distribution authors want to
>> support their packages on multiple versions.  So I want to make sure that
>> there is some agreement that adding this new API starting with 3.6 is a
>> good thing to do rather than having it go in under the radar.
> I'd rather see that kind of thing added to setuptools. We're already
> having to deal with setuptools as a moving target, so if distutils becomes
> one again as well that means more testing with combinations of different
> Python and setuptools versions. Imho distutils changes should be bugfix and
> essential maintenance only.

Having the `has_flag` in a different location from `has_function` would be
weird in my opinion.

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