[Python-Dev] Killing off bdist_dumb

Thomas Heller theller@python.net
14 Nov 2002 20:55:45 +0100

[Jp Calderone, about creating binary windows installers with distutils
on non-windows systems]

> > >   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 don't either ;-) It was sent out too early.
I simply meant that I didn't know that people actually were creating
those bdist_wininst packages on Linux.

> > 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. 
This is what I don't understand.

> (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.

I have seen that you entered the request to move the bdist_wininst sources
into the Python tree. We can solve this problem later, I think.