[Python-Dev] bdist_* to stdlib?

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Tue Feb 14 01:04:26 CET 2006

In private email, Phillip Eby suggested to add these things to the
2.5. standard library:

bdist_deb, bdist_msi, and friends

He explained them as follows:

bdist_deb makes .deb files (packages for Debian-based Linux distros, like
Ubuntu).  bdist_msi makes .msi installers for Windows (it's by Martin v.
Loewis).  Marc Lemburg proposed on the distutils-sig that these and various
other implemented bdist_* formats (other than bdist_egg) be included in the
next Python release, and there was no opposition there that I recall.

I guess bdist_egg should also be added if we support setuptools (not
setuplib as I mistakenly called it previously)? (I'm still a bit
unclear on the various concepts here, not having made a distribution
of anything in a very long time...)

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

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