[Python-ideas] size of the installation of Python on mobile devices

Guido van Rossum guido at python.org
Sat Jul 30 18:22:31 EDT 2016

You misunderstand. There is no voting.

On Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 2:26 PM, Xavier de Gaye <xdegaye at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 07/30/2016 04:42 PM, Nick Coghlan wrote:
>> On 30 July 2016 at 22:29, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>>> IMO, this should all be left to packagers. They will have to
>>> patch the code base anyway to get things working in such
>>> an environment, so there isn't much point in adding some
>>> bits to the configure script which everyone uses, while
>>> leaving out other important parts. This doesn't simplify
>>> the life of packagers much, but does add maintenance
>>> overhead for the core developers (since these new options
>>> would have to be tested as well before release).
>>> BTW: By not having these options in configure, you also
>>> gain a lot more freedom as packager, since you can have
>>> the build behave you would like it to instead of going
>>> through the whole change request discussion process that
>>> updates/changes to these options would entail going
>>> forward.
>> Encouraging that divergence isn't free, though - it just pushes the
>> testing burden outward by creating a larger compatibility testing
>> matrix for folks wanting to support sourceless environments.
>> And, to be clear, I'm not suggesting we start making official
>> sourceless releases of CPython, nor am I suggesting we make
>> "sourceless builds are working" a gating criterion for versioned
>> releases - instead, I'm suggesting we allow interested folks like
>> Xavier to add the basic knobs and dials to the standard distribution,
>> with the awareness that they might break sometimes and requiring
>> patching after other folks make changes. Since the assumption is that
>> folks interested in this will be building from source anyway, it
>> shouldn't be a problem to run directly off a maintenance branch when
>> they need to, rather than using a particular release tag.
> Then I propose that we vote to allow issue 26852 [1] to add the
> '--enable-sourceless-distribution' option to configure.
> I am +1 for the reasons given in my previous posts.
> Xavier
> [1] http://bugs.python.org/issue26852
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