[Python-Dev] Package install failures in 2.6.3

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Mon Oct 5 14:22:06 CEST 2009

On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM, Ned Deily <nad at acm.org> wrote:
> Assuming that distutils is not changed in a forthcoming 2.6.4

Since the changes made in Distutils were bug fixes that kept all public API
backward compatible, I don't see why this should be changed.

Setuptools development has been discontinued for a year, and does
patches on Distutils code. Some of these patches are sensitive to any change
made on Distutils, wether those changes are internal or not.

It's up to the Setuptools project to provide a release that fixes this problem.
And this fix is one or two lines long.

Distutils will *not* check in its code if it was patched by Setuptools, to
make sure Setuptools 0.6c9 still works.

> I'm not proposing to debate the merits of all of the options here.
> However, if a 2.6.4 release is to be pushed out quickly for other
> reasons,  a one-time window of opportunity would be available and it
> would be prudent to at least consider the possibility of a distutils fix.

What about a Setuptools release, with the proper fix ?


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