[Python-Dev] Killing off bdist_dumb

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Thu, 14 Nov 2002 14:23:20 -0500

> >   FWIW, I do this with just about every release I make (and I'm a bit
> > surprised to hear that this isn't a common thing).  While I do have a
> > Windows machine I *could* build releases on (with cygwin though, not MSVC),
> > my release process is mostly automated, and runs on a Linux box.  I don't
> > think the thread is headed in this direction, but just in case, *please*
> > don't break this feature :)

> Great, but the binary doesn't show on which system it was created.

I don't understand the relevance of this comment.

> I have more the impression, that people release .tar.gz files
> containing a distutils setup.py script, but no PKG-INFO, so the
> tarball isn't created by distutils sdist command. PyChecker is such an
> example, IIRC.

Ouch, I didn't know this!  (Or I'd forgotten. :-) It's well documented
fortunately.  (And the docs remind me that it would be neat if Python
had a tarfile module.)

> Question for python-dev (Tim?): how would wininst.exe now find it's way
> into the Python source distribution, or in Linux binary distributions?

I don't understand the question, and I doubt that Tim does either.

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