[Python-Dev] The fate of Distutils in Python 2.7

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 22:44:21 CET 2010


Hello,

This is a follow-up of the Pycon summit + sprints on packaging.

This is what we have planned to do:

1. refactor distutils in a new standalone version called distutils2
[this is done already and we are actively working in the code]
2. completely revert distutils in Lib/ and Doc/ so the code + doc is
the same than the current 2.6.x branch
3. leave the new sysconfig module, that is used by the Makefile and
the site module

The rest of the work will happen in distutils2 and we will try to
release a version asap for Python 2.x and 3.x (2.4 to 3.2), and the
goal
is to put it back in the stdlib in Python 3.3

Distutils in Python will be feature-frozen and I will only do bug
fixes there.  All feature requests will be redirected to Distutils2.

I think the easiest way to manage this for me and for the feedback of
the community is to add in bugs.python.org a "Distutils2" component,
so I can
start to reorganize the issues in there and reassign new issues to
Distutils2 when it applies.

Regards
Tarek

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