Python Packages : A looming problem?

Paul Boddie paul at
Thu Apr 23 15:52:07 CEST 2009

On 23 Apr, 10:59, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l... at geek-
central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
> The Linux solution is to leave distro packaging to the distro maintainers.
> Release the source, and they will make up the necessary packages for their
> specific one-click installers. You don't have to worry about it.

And the crucial message, that may not have sunk in yet amongst the
many people messing around with "enhancing" distutils, is that in
order for the distro maintainers to have something decent to work
with, distutils and related tools should produce stuff which isn't too
clever for its own good: "dist" as in "distribute", not as "install,
but not uninstall, and then try and own everything from the
developer's toolchain to the user's installation environment".


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