[Distutils] Consumers that care about the contents of an sdist (was: abstract build system PEP update)

Nathaniel Smith njs at pobox.com
Thu Feb 18 03:43:49 EST 2016

On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 9:42 PM, Ben Finney <ben+python at benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> Nathaniel Smith <njs at vorpus.org> writes:
>> Ah-ha, this is useful. The reason this hasn't been considered, at
>> least in my proposal, is that I think this is the first I've heard
>> that there is anything that cares about what's in an sdist besides
>> setup.py :-).
> Please know that OS distributions also very much care about the contents
> of the sdist, because that's what the distributor claims is the
> corresponding source for the distribution.

Well, uh. Yes. That's what makes it an "sdist" rather than a "". The
question was what can you about an sdist (in terms of structure,
metadata, etc.) besides "you can build something from it by calling


Nathaniel J. Smith -- https://vorpus.org

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