[Python-Dev] zlib not compiled by default
Thu, 13 Jul 2000 15:00:54 -0400 (EDT)
>>>>> "MZ" == Moshe Zadka <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
MZ> On Wed, 12 Jul 2000, Guido van Rossum wrote:
>> Greg subtly points out the difficulty with your proposal: this
>> requires an external library that may not be available. In the
>> past we've had enough complaints from people who failed to
>> realize that if the build failed because of a missing external
>> library, they could just disable the module that needs it. So
>> I'm not for simply having it enabled in Setup.in by default.
MZ> Currently there are two external libraries one needs to build a
MZ> "good" Python interpreter: zlib, and expat. Well, now that
MZ> Python releases from BeOpen, and not CNRI, perhaps it will be
MZ> deemed all right to put them in the source distribution, and by
MZ> default have a Setup.in that builds on them? Perhaps even
MZ> include a "last known good" Tcl/Tk?
I don't see the need to include the source code from other projects or
libraries in a regular Python release. Rather, I'd like to see
something like the Windows installer, which packages up third-party
software like Tcl/Tk.
I'm working on a nightly build system for Python that will produce a
tar ball and some Linux RPMs, based in part on the very good work that
Oliver Andrich did. One of the first things I discovered is that
Expat isn't packaged very well for Linux systems, but that seemed easy
I'm sure there are other platforms and Linux distributions with
different packaging mechanisms, but Windows and Linuxes-supporting-RPM
seems like a good start.