[Distutils] moving things forward

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Thu May 5 18:47:27 EDT 2016

On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 3:21 PM, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz>

> Chris Barker wrote:
> OK -- that's more or less my thought -- if it's  python that gets run,
>> then you've got your config generator built in -- why not?
> The difference is that the config generator only gets run
> once, when the config info needs to get produced. If the
> config file itself is executable, it needs to be run each
> time the config info gets *used*

exactly -- maybe some run-time configuration specialization? though maybe
that's exactly what we want to avoid.

> -- which could be by a
> tool for which running arbitrary python code is awkward or
> undesirable.

This is python packaging, I'm still trying to see why you'd need to read
the config without python available.

But I think the key point is -- do we want to enforce that the config data
is static -- it WILL not change depending on when or how or where it is

If so, then yeah, no runnable code.



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