[Python-Dev] buildtime vs runtime in Distutils

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Nov 15 02:57:12 CET 2009

> The problem is that the main python distribution ("python") is not
> working as advertised since
> it contains distutils, which requires "python-devel" to work.
> This implies that "python" has a dependency on "python-devel", which
> does not make sense
> anymore for linux distros to have two distinct packages for Python.
> Having some of the makefile vars stored in stdlib solve this problem.

I don't see how this can solve the problem. Distutils contains the
build_ext command, which definitely will require the devel package.


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