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

Sylvain Corlay sylvain.corlay at gmail.com
Sun Aug 21 14:08:32 EDT 2016

Although we are reaching a tipping point where a lot of projects are
announcing the end of Python 2 support as of a certain date.

Whatever is in the latest version of Python 3 when it will be considered a
sane decision to have a Python 3-only library will be considered standard.

On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 5:28 PM, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io> wrote:

> On Aug 21, 2016, at 5:18 AM, Sylvain Corlay <sylvain.corlay at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> With this reasoning, nothing should ever be added to the standard library.
> Packaging is a bit different than other things because the network effect
> is much more prominent. There’s no real way to say, install a backport if
> you need one, you just have to kind of wait until every has upgraded which
> is unlikely other bits of the standard library. In addition, people writing
> projects in Python that are designed to be distributed, they tend to need
> to work across many versions of Python, while someone writing a project for
> themselves only need to worry about whatever version of Python they are
> deploying to. So while the new statistics module is, even without a
> backport, immediately useful to people developing their own projects for a
> recent version of Python, something in distutils is not useful for package
> authors until it is the *minimum* version of Python they support.
> This generally makes the reward for changing distutils very small,
> particularly with the 3.x split because very few authors are willing to
> drop 2.7 much less go straight to 3.6 (or whatever) and for people making
> their own, internal projects, distutils isn’t generally used a whole lot
> there either.
>> Donald Stufft
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