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

Skip Montanaro skip@pobox.com
Thu, 13 Jun 2002 14:43:12 -0500

    >> I wonder if it would be better to have distutils generate the
    >> appropriate type of makefile and execute that instead...

    Martin> It was one of the design principles of distutils to not rely on
    Martin> any other tools but Python and the C compiler.

Perhaps it's a design principle that needs to be rethought.  If you can
assume the presence of a C compiler I think you can generally assume the
presence of a make tool of some sort.