[Distutils] Provisionally accepting PEP 517's declarative build system interface

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Fri Jun 2 10:12:19 EDT 2017

On 2 June 2017 at 14:42, Thomas Kluyver <thomas at kluyver.me.uk> wrote:
> - Backends (like flit) where building an sdist has extra requirements
> should define prepare_build_files.

I'm struggling to understand why building a sdist in flit should need
a VCS. It bothers me that I'm missing something important about how
backends will work, that explains why (for example) you can't create a
sdist from an export of a VCS branch (i.e., without the VCS metadata).

Can you provide a pointer to the docs on flit's "build a sdist"
command, that explains the limitations? (I gather that this is in
development, so a pointer to the doc files in VCS is fine).


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