[Python-Dev] addressing distutils inability to track file dependencies

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 13 Jun 2002 13:51:54 -0400

> I wonder if it would be better to have distutils generate the
> appropriate type of makefile and execute that instead of directly
> building objects and shared libraries.  This would finesse some of
> the dependency tracking problems that pop up frequently.

But that doesn't work for platforms that don't have a Make.  And while
Windows has one, its file format is completely different, so you'd
have to teach distutils how to write each platform's Makefile format.


--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)