[Distutils] moving things forward

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Fri May 6 11:26:07 EDT 2016

On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 10:45 PM, Greg Ewing <greg.ewing at canterbury.ac.nz>

> Even if python is available, you might not want to run
> arbitrary code just to install a package.
> If a config file can contain executable code, then it
> can contain bugs. Debugging is something the developer of
> a package should have to do, not the user. In my experience,
> fixing someone else's buggy setup.py is about as much fun
> as pulling one's own teeth out with a blunt screwdriver.

well, in my experience, debugging my OWN buggy setup.py is about equally

But I think there is consensus here that build systems need to be
customisable -- which means arbitrary code may have to be run. So I don't
think this is going to help anyone avoiding dealing with buggy builds :-(

or are we talking about a config file that would be delivered with a binary
wheel? IN which case, yes, it should not have any executable code in it.

And anyway, it seems folks want to go with static config anyway -- clearly
separating configuration from customization, so I'll stop now.

I'd still like to be able to use Python literals, though :-)



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