[Numpy-discussion] parallel compilation of numpy
Thu Feb 19 00:24:04 CST 2009
David Cournapeau wrote:
>> * Integration with setuptools and eggs, which enables things like
>> namespace packages.
> This is not. eggs are not specified, and totally implementation defined.
> I tried some time ago to add an egg builder to scons, but I gave up.
> And I don't think you can reuse the setuptools code, as everything is
It's an interesting idea to build Python package distributions without
distutils. For pure Python installables, if all you seek better is
distutils, the bar seems fairly low. For compiled stuff, it still
doesn't seem too bad. Of course, it is easy to say this without having
So, what do you mean by an "egg", in the context of it being hard to
produce? An .egg zip file, an .egg directory, and/or a normal distutils
package with an .egg-info/ sibling? Since .egg-info/ is now part of
distutils, this should now be specified... or?
[This, though, does point out a conceptual problem with setuptools for
me -- it does a zillion things some of which I like a lot (e.g.
installing console scripts and gui scripts, a simple plugin
architecture) and others I don't care about as long as they don't break
things for me (e.g. installing multiple version of packages
side-by-side, a problem which is much more sanely solved by setting
PYTHONPATH, or its sophisticated cousin, virtualenv). And all of these
things go by one name "setuptools" and sometimes even "eggs", even
though people often use those words to discuss totally different
features. Hence my question above.]
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