[Distutils] Re: [Python-Dev] Killing off bdist_dumb

Fredrik Lundh fredrik@pythonware.com
Fri, 15 Nov 2002 13:16:46 +0100

mal wrote:

> > if you decide to keep it in there, can you at least fix the
> > help text:
> >=20
> >   bdist            create a built (binary) distribution
> Hmm, I wonder why bdist is mentioned here: it's the base
> class driving all the other sub-commands. bdist doesn't
> do anything on its own.

have you tried it?

on the 2.2 unix install I have here, it builds a tar archive.  from what
I can tell, it's actually running the same code as bdist_dumb...

>  From the doc-string:
>   create a "dumb" built distribution -- i.e., just an archive
>   to be unpacked under $prefix or $exec_prefix.

which isn't true, obviously, since the archive contains absolute