[Numpy-discussion] Re: fold distutils back into Python distro?

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Wed Mar 1 16:23:02 CST 2006

skip at pobox.com wrote:
> As I understand it, numpy (or maybe it's scipy) has its own fork of
> distutils.  What would it take to fold it back into the main distribution?

numpy.distutils (nee scipy_distutils) is not really a fork. It's just a set of
extensions to distutils. One of the primary features is handling extensions with
FORTRAN code. If you can convince Guido that standard distutils ought to handle
FORTRAN, then we might have a deal.

Some of the other features might be rolled into the standard library, but
probably not on the 2.5 time frame. The useful ones might be the system_info
stuff (which you have recently become far too familiar with :-)), the build_src
capabilities, colored output, and the Configuration object.

Robert Kern
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