[New-bugs-announce] [issue4673] Distutils should provide an uninstall command

Andy Buckley report at bugs.python.org
Mon Dec 15 23:28:54 CET 2008

New submission from Andy Buckley <andy at insectnation.org>:

It would make package maintenance easier, as well as integration with
other build systems e.g. autotools (necessary for projects where not
everything is Python), if the distutils supported an uninstallation
command, e.g.

python setup.py uninstall

This would presumably require monitoring of which files were installed
where, and it's of course possible to do undesirable things, but exactly
the same counter-arguments exist for autotools, and there the uninstall
target is an important and useful feature for developers, once you know
how to behave in a way to make it safe.

components: Distutils
messages: 77885
nosy: andybuckley
severity: normal
status: open
title: Distutils should provide an uninstall command
type: feature request
versions: Python 2.5

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