lost interest?

Skip Montanaro skip at pobox.com
Wed Dec 12 15:20:16 EST 2001

    Mats> For those things that are available as a distutils setup,
    Mats> installation is easy enough - it solves most of the problems.

One thing I prefer about CPAN over distutils is the way it builds things.
Instead of trying to be a completely self-contained tool, it generates a
Makefile (on Unix-like systems at least) and invokes make.  I presume in the
Windows world it generates something compatible with that environment.
Distutils doesn't check dependencies properly.  It's not a major concern
when simply building and installing some package once, but if the
environment the package lives in changes, distutils may not rebuild
everything it needs to.

Skip Montanaro (skip at pobox.com - http://www.mojam.com/)

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