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

Sylvain Corlay sylvain.corlay at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 02:15:42 EDT 2016


On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 10:31 PM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers at gmail.com>

> On top of that there are technical reasons (don't want to test
> combinations of python + setuptools that both change per release) and
> organizational ones (distutils maintenance is terrible, many simple bugfix
> patches don't get merged for ages, setuptools at least fixes regressions
> quite fast).
> I'm not sure if there's an official policy on adding new things to
> distutils, but if not then this request is a good time to make one.
> Assuming of course that the setuptools devs are willing to merge features
> like the one from Sylvain.
I find this worrying that the main arguments to not include a patch would
be that

 - this part of the standard library is not very maintained (things don't
get merged)
 - earlier versions of won't have it

The former is a bad sign for a standard library and the latter is inherent
to any new feature. Whether it is a policy or not to not add new features
to distutils it is clear that a code base that does not evolve is dead.

How about, instead, we continue improving it?

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