[SciPy-dev] Re: [Numpy-discussion] Trying out Numeric3
pearu at scipy.org
Fri Mar 25 03:58:01 CST 2005
On Fri, 25 Mar 2005, Michiel Jan Laurens de Hoon wrote:
> Pearu Peterson wrote:
>> I got an impression from earlier threads that scipy_distutils will be
>> included to scipy_base. So, I am proposing to use scipy_distutils tools and
>> our scipy experience for dealing with this issue, scipy.lib.lapack
>> would be a good working prototype here.
> Have you tried integrating scipy_distutils with Python's distutils? My guess
> is that Python's distutils can benefit from what is in scipy_distutils,
> particularly the parts dealing with C compilers. A clean integration will
> also prevent duplicated code, avoids Pearu having to keep scipy_distutils up
> to date with Python's distutils, and will enlarge the number of potential
> users. Having two distutils packages seems to be too much of a good thing.
No, I have not. Though a year or so ago there was a discussion about this
in distutils list, mainly for adding Fortran compiler support to
distutils. At the time I didn't have resources to push scipy_distutils
features to distutils and even less so for now. So, one can think that
scipy_distutils is an extension to distutils, though it also includes
few bug fixes for older distutils.
On the other hand, since Scipy supports Python starting at 2.2 then it
cannot relay much on new features added to distutils of later Python
versions. Instead, if these features happen to be useful for Scipy then
they are backported for Python 2.2 through implementing them in
scipy_distutils. "Luckily", there are not much such features as
scipy_distutils has evolved with new very useful features much quicker
But, for Numeric3, scipy.distutils would be a perfect place to clean up
scipy_distutils a bit, e.g. removing some obsolete features and assuming
that Numeric3 will support Python 2.3 and up. Based on that, integrating
scipy_distutils features to standard distutils can be made less pain if
someone decides to do that.
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