[Python-Dev] ANNOUNCE: Distutils 1.0

Greg Ward gward@python.net
Tue, 3 Oct 2000 00:08:45 -0400

                     Python Distribution Utilities
                              release 1.0
                            October 2, 2000

The Python 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 are a standard part of Python 1.6 and 2.0; if you are running
1.6 or 2.0, you don't need to install the Distutils separately.  (However,
you might want to upgrade if you're running Python 1.6.)  This release is
primarily so that you can add the Distutils to a Python 1.5.2 installation
-- you will then be able to install modules that require the Distutils, or
use the Distutils to distribute your own modules.

Distutils 1.0 is the version that will be released with Python 2.0 (unless
last-minute bugs pop up).

More information is available at the Distutils web page:


and in the README.txt included in the Distutils source distribution.

You can download the Distutils from


Trivial patches can be sent to me (Greg Ward) at gward@python.net.
Larger patches should be discussed on the Distutils mailing list:

Greg Ward                                      gward@python.net
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