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

Jeremy Hylton jeremy@zope.com
Thu, 13 Jun 2002 18:26:39 -0400

>>>>> "SM" == Skip Montanaro <skip@pobox.com> writes:

  SM> I don't see that writing different makefile formats is any
  SM> harder than writing different shell commands.  On those systems
  SM> where you don't have a make-like tool, either distutils already
  SM> writes compile and link commands or it doesn't work at all.  On
  SM> those systems where you do have a make-like facility, I see no
  SM> reason to not use it.  You will get more reliable dependency
  SM> checking for one thing.

Only if distutils grows a way to specify all those dependencies.  Once
you've specified them, I'm not sure why it is difficult to check them
in Python code instead of relying on make.

i'm-probably-naive-ly y'rs,