[Distutils] PEP 517: Open questions around artifact export directories

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Thu Jun 15 22:24:50 EDT 2017

> On Jun 15, 2017, at 4:29 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
> - However, I am more dubious about hacking stuff like prepare_build_files into the standard to support this specific interaction between two specific tools, especially since it's not at all obvious to me that this is the best way to support even those two tools. Our two concrete examples are:

I don’t have a strong feeling here TBH. I would prefer if we just always sent things through build_sdist (and we said that projects should be able to at a minimum no-op copy/paste files from an already existing unpacked sdist, how they determine that is up to them). However I can see the argument that there could be an optional hook that something like pip *could* call (but probably shouldn’t be mandatory to call it?).

I don’t know, the prepare_build_files hook is weird, and I would not personally feel bad if we got rid of it.

Donald Stufft

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