Distutils 0.1

Greg Ward gward@cnri.reston.va.us
Thu, 30 Sep 99 07:07:29 GMT

                  Python Module Distribution Utilities
                              release 0.1
                           September 29, 1999

The Python Module Distribution Utilities, or Distutils for short, are a
collection of modules that aid in the development, distribution, and
installation of Python modules.  (It is intended that ultimately the
Distutils will grow up into a system for distributing and installing
whole Python applications, but for now their scope is limited to module

The Distutils will be a standard part of Python 1.6.  This release is
intended to provide a wider audience an early opportunity to try out the
system, improve its portability, shake out the bugs, make suggestions,
and so forth.  Do not expect perfection: if you're trying out this
release, it should be because you want to help debug and develop, not
because you need a stable, working system immediately.

You can download the Distutils from the Distutils SIG home page:


Any feedback, comments, bug reports, success reports, etc. should be
reported to the Distutils SIG at


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Reports of minor bugs (patches are especially welcome!) can be sent
directly to me (Greg Ward) at gward@python.net.  Anything that expects a
longer response than "Thanks for the bug report/fix!" should be directed
to the SIG.

<P><A HREF="http://www.python.org/sigs/distutils-sig/">Distutils 0.1</A> -
early preview version of the Python Module Distribution Utilities, a
collection of modules that aid in the development, distribution, and
installation of Python modules; will become a standard part of
Python 1.6.  (29-Sep-99)

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