[Python-Dev] Enhancing the shutil module

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Sun Jan 17 21:15:00 CET 2010

On 17/01/2010 20:04, Antoine Pitrou wrote:
> Tarek Ziadé<ziade.tarek<at>  gmail.com>  writes:
>> Another module I would like to move away from Distutils is
>> "archive_util". It contains helpers to build archives, whether they
>> are zip or tar files. I propose to move those useful functions into
>> shutil, as this seems the most logical place.
> Are these functions portable? Do they rely on external programs?

I believe that part of the work that Tarek has been doing has been to 
make these distutils commands use the Python standard library and not 
depend on external programs. In which case they seem like *excellent* 
additions to the shutil module.

Of course Tarek can speak for himself...


>> I also propose to maintain this "shutil" module for now on (no one is
>> declared as a maintainer in maintainers.rst) since Distutils will
>> become a heavy user of its functions.
> It's ok for me.
> Regards
> Antoine.
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