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

Martin v. Loewis martin@v.loewis.de
14 Jun 2002 19:19:57 +0200

"Fredrik Lundh" <fredrik@pythonware.com> writes:

> I tend to use an incremental approach, with lots of edit-compile-run
> cycles.  I still haven't found a way to get the damn thing to just build
> my extension and copy it to the current directory, so I can run the
> test scripts.
> does anyone here know how to do that, without having to resort to
> ugly wrapper batch files/shell scripts?

I usually make a symlink into the build directory. Then, whenever it
is rebuild, the symlink will still be there.

> (distutils is also a pain to use with a version management system
> that marks files in the repository as read-only; distutils copy function
> happily copies all the status bits. but the remove function refuses to
> remove files that are read-only, even if the files have been created
> by distutils itself...)

That's a bug, IMO.