[Python-Dev] Package install failures in 2.6.3

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Mon Oct 5 17:26:02 CEST 2009

Tarek Ziadé wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 4:27 PM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>> Tarek Ziadé wrote:
>>> Now I am astonished that we are talking about reverting changes in
>>> Distutils that were done for bugfixes, for a third party package that
>>> does monkey
>>> patches on Distutils.
>>> If this choice wins here, it means that setuptools and the stdlib are
>>> tied together, and that the setuptools package should be integrated to
>>> the stdlib *immediatly*.
>> We've discussed ways of doing that some years ago and found that
>> it was not possible to make ends join.
>> I'd much rather like to see some of the features in setuptools
>> get implemented in distutils. eGenix could contribute a
>> bdist_egg implementation that doesn't rely on setuptools and its
>> monkey patches - along with some other new commands that people
>> might find useful such as the ability to build Unix libraries,
>> optional and self-configuring extensions, autoconf-style setups,
>> etc. (see mxSetup.py in egenix-mx-base for all the details).
>> We'd just need some help with integrating the things into
>> distutils, since we currently don't have the bandwidth for such
>> things.
> What about making the Distribute project the laboratory for this work ?
> It's open to contributions.

The way the distutils extensions are implemented (by sub-classing
distutils classes) make it easier to add them back to core
distutils, rather than to integrate them into another 3rd
party distutils extension.

I'm not sure how adding them to Distribute would help, since then
you'd only be able to access them using Distribute.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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