A quick glimpse at Distutils2 1.0 alpha3

We're busy preparing the third alpha of Distutils2 1.0. I am pretty excited about it because all of the hard work that was done during the GSOC is starting to surface.

The major feature in alpha3 will be the fact that setup.py is gone. Everything is now driven from scripts you can run using -m.

To describe your project you can now use setup.cfg, or better : use the mkpkg wizard which will ask you a few questions and create it for you.

In the demo below, I am installing distutils2 in a virtualenv and I am creating a setup.cfg for a project that contains the 'mycode' package. Then I am creating a distribution, installing it and testing it.
# creating a temp dir with a virtualenv in it

$ cd /tmp/demo/

$ virtualenv --no-site-packages .

New python executable in ./bin/python2.6


# installing Distutils2 from the tip

$ bin/easy_install http://bitbucket.org/tarek/distutils2/get/tip.gz

Downloading http://bitbucket.org/tarek/distutils2/get/tip.gz

Processing tip.gz


# creating a Python package to include to the project

$ mkdir mycode

$ echo print \"I am alive\" > mycode/__init__.py

# running the wizard that creates a setup.cfg for me

# Thanks god it takes care of the Trove classifiers for me now !

$ bin/python -m distutils2.mkpkg

Project name [demo]:

Current version number: 1.0

Package description:

   > short demo

Author name [Tarek]: Tarek

Author e-mail address [tarek@ziade.org]:

Project Home Page: http://bitbucket.org/tarek/distutils2/wiki/Home

Do you want to add a package ? (y/n): y

Package name: mycode

Do you want to add a package ? (y/n): n

Do you want to set Trove classifiers? (y/n): y

Please select the project status:

1 - Planning

2 - Pre-Alpha

3 - Alpha

4 - Beta

5 - Production/Stable

6 - Mature

7 - Inactive

Status: 3

What license do you use: GPL

Matching licenses:

   1) License :: OSI Approved :: GNU General Public License (GPL)

   2) License :: OSI Approved :: GNU Library or Lesser General Public License (LGPL)

Type the number of the license you wish to use or ? to try again:: 1

Do you want to set other trove identifiers (y/n) [n]: n

Wrote "setup.cfg".

# checking the result

$ more setup.cfg


name = demo

version = 1.0

author = Tarek

author_email = tarek@ziade.org

description = short demo

home_page = http://bitbucket.org/tarek/distutils2/wiki/Home

classifier = Development Status :: 3 - Alpha

    License :: OSI Approved :: GNU General Public License (GPL)


packages = mycode

# trying to build a source distribution

$ bin/python -m distutils2.run sdist

running sdist

# installing the distribution in the virtualenv'ed Python

$ bin/python -m distutils2.run install

running install


# is my project properly installed ?

$ bin/python

Python 2.6.5 (r265:79063, Apr 16 2010, 13:57:41)

[GCC 4.4.3] on linux2

Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

>>> import mycode

I am alive

I'm hoping to have alpha3 released this week-end or early next week.