Oh. And Ian is right inasmuch buildit (and to some degree ZC's buildout framework) are not really tools for packaging and deploying Python modules and packages (although they can be used for this). Instead, they fall into the same space that make does as a general purpose "put files on the filesystem using these shell commands" tools, and they happen to be written in Python and exensible in Python.
I'm not sure I understand how zc.buildout is not really a tool for packaging and deploying Python modules and packages. I thought it was. That's not to flame, I just have difficulty seeing the difference.# Jan-Wijbrand Kolman
They are tools for working with the deployed modules. So for instance, when I have a library and I want to release it, I have to create a tag in the version control. I have to update the news file, run some tests, change some metadata in setup.py, etc. Maybe I have to update some gettext catalogs, etc. These are the kinds of tools I am talking about.
What zc.buildout and buildit do comes after that. After you have does all these code maintenance tasks, they help you use the code in a real deployment.# Ian Bicking
Hrm, I think around is more how zc.buildout fits in the picture. In combination with find-links it can be a great way to maintain a consistent set of the kinds of tools you could run from make; but all packaged up for python. I think this use overlaps with workingenv. One of my pet gripes with setup.py has nothing to do with its utility. I like my build configuration to be declaritive. placing entry_points, version, and all sorts of other build facts in setup.py makes it a pain to consume that data else where. .egg-info is only available after the build has run. There does not seem to be a 'best practice' for sourcing entry-points etc from a seperate, declaritive, file. setup.cfg maybe but its not what I use.
A couple of buildout recipes I've been fooling around with: http://svn.wiretooth.com/svn/open/rsb_sourcesvn/trunk/ checkout sources from svn into a build out http://svn.wiretooth.com/svn/open/rsb_setupdevelop/trunk/ wraps zc.recipe.egg:scripts to do the equivelent of 'python setup.py develop' Illustrate the way my setup.py usage is going these days.
And then I tend to have a 'toolbox' buildout that pulls in this config http://svn.wiretooth.com/svn/open/share/zc.buildout.cfgs/python-development-tools.cfg
Using buildouts 'config from url' trick.
All that said, your OP is spot on, its not make we are all missing.# robinbryce