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

Paul Svensson paul-python@svensson.org
Thu, 13 Jun 2002 15:55:51 -0400 (EDT)

On Thu, 13 Jun 2002, Skip Montanaro wrote:

>    >> 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.

That's the rub.  The MAKE.EXE mostly found on WinDOS boxen doesn't have
much more than the name in common with the well known Unix tool.