[Distutils] Current Python packaging status (from my point of view)

Matthew Brett matthew.brett at gmail.com
Sat Nov 5 02:49:26 EDT 2016


Hi,

On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 11:36 PM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 4 November 2016 at 03:56, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett at gmail.com> wrote:
>> But - it would be a huge help if the PSF could help with funding to
>> get mingw-w64 working.  This is the crucial blocker for progress on
>> binary wheels on Windows.
>
> Such a grant was already awarded earlier this year by way of the
> Scientific Python Working Group (which is a collaborative funding
> initiative between the PSF and NumFocus):
> https://mail.python.org/pipermail/scientific/2016-January/000271.html
>
> However, we hadn't received a status update by the time I stepped down
> from the Board, although it sounds like progress hasn't been good if
> folks aren't even aware that the grant was awarded in the first place.

Ah no, that was a related project, but for a different set of work.
Specifically that was a 5K grant to Carl Kleffner to configure and
package up the mingw-w64 compilers to make it easier to build
extensions for Pythons prior to 3.5 - see [1].

Cheers,

Matthew

[1] https://mingwpy.github.io/


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