[Mageia-dev] Python Packaging Policy

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Tue Jan 18 20:51:26 CET 2011

On Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:21:56 +0100
Michael scherer <misc at zarb.org> wrote:
> There is also the issue on bytecompilation ( https://qa.mandriva.com/show_bug.cgi?id=50484 ).
> I have exposed there the various problem, and apart from explaining
> that the solution I chosed was not better than the other, no one gave a compeling
> argument into one or the others alternatives.

That depends how "compelling" you expect the argument to be :)
The current situation is clearly not satisfactory.
The solution of generating bytecode at install time looks fine. I am
not an RPM specialist though, but if you have non-RPM specific questions
feel free to ask them, I'd be glad to answer.

> Finally, a vast part of the policy is handling 2to3, a topic that we didn't discuss 
> at all, and I would not be confortable to adopt it without first looking at it and
> discussing it.

What is the issue with "handling 2to3"? It's a developer tool and
certainly shouldn't be invoked at install time if that's what you are
asking. Generally, I don't think you (as a packager) have to invoke
2to3 manually at all. If 2to3 is part of the packaged software's build
process, then their setup.py will probably invoke it automatically with
the right options.



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