Need better packaging (was Re: [Python-Dev] SQLite module for Python 2.5)

Jim Fulton jim at
Thu Oct 21 20:04:46 CEST 2004

Brett C. wrote:
> Jim Fulton wrote:
>> M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>> ...
>>> Maybe we should have this discussion on more general grounds:
>>> do we really want a fat Python distribution or should we focus
>>> more on making installation of third-party tools easier ?
>> I think you hit the nail on the head.  For myself, I think we want to
>> make it *much* easier to install 3rd-party tools.  I also think we need
>> to make it *much* easier to *update* the modules that come with Python
>> without having to wait for a new Python release (much as it is easy to
>> update packages in a linux distribution).
> OK, so is everyone

So far, we're far from everyone. :)

 > just talking about coming up with our own version of
> CPAN, or does this also include replacing Distutils?

I see this building on or working with distutils.

> And for those of you not in the Mac world, MacPython already has 
> something called packman that downloads 3rd-party apps and installs them 
> by running their scripts.

Right, I refered to that in my note.


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