GEPS 026: Replace 'make' for Gramps build
- The core Gramps developers do not know GNU Make, which was the case also in the past. Somebody of a company with expertise contributed the make system to Gramps. (Actually, I'm pretty fluent with autotools. John Ralls)
- With GNU Make developers need to update makefiles when adding and changing files.
*With setup.cfg/ DistUtils2, developers only need to worry about is creating quality Python code. Searching and adding files to Makefiles is no longer needed as it is handled dynamically now.
- With GNU Make from time to time it happens that a new file is forgotten to be added in a release, causing maintainance overhead for the release manager.
- Gramps is pure python, we don't need a makefile system checking for a lot of things it is checking for now.
- We need less dependencies for installing Gramps in linux.
*Already on windows makefiles are not used.
- An increasing number of projects that need GNU Make switch to CMake, ..., we should not stay with old technology just because it was already present
Common way of distributing python
The way of the future. At this time it seems not ready yet for use in Gramps. We need to create a setup.cfg file which defines the following:
A list of packages that should be installed in the gramps directory under python site-packages. This should be a list of all packages, but excluding test and experimental packages. We can generate this dynamically to ease maintenance. There is a function provided to do this.
Note: Issue 14549 requests an enhancement to this functionality.
A list of file specifications of all non-package files that should also be installed in the gramps directory under python site-packages. This should specify all files under the data, glade, images and plugins directories.
A list of file specifications of files that need to be installed outside the gramps directory under python site-packages. Targets for files include 'categories' which are OS independent.
Note: Issue 12393 requests support for extensible categories which could be useful to us.
A list of scripts. Just gramps.sh in our case.
A list of file specifications of files that need to be included in the distribution, but should not be installed. This provides an alternative to the MANIFEST.in file, and should be easier to maintain. Another alternative would be a 'manifest-builder', which we should investigate. This could automatically include all files that are under version control.
Note: Issue 14691 prevents specifying a manifest builder in the config file. There is a patch available to fix this. This issue has been resolved/ closed on 2012-04-29.
distutils2 provides support for customisation via command hooks. Our translation build code, compiling manual page, and XDG files (gramps.desktop, gramps.keys, and gramps.xml), and (holidays.xml and tips.xml) files will be created by these command hooks in the correct sequences.
- They are being handled by the setup_custom.py file under:
- build_man() functions.
- PEP 345: Metadata for Python Software Packages 1.2
- PEP 376: Database of Installed Python Distributions
- PEP 386: Changing the version comparison module in Distutils
- PEP 390: Static metadata for Distutils
- 5302: Allow package_data specs/globs to match directories
- 8501: --dry-run option doesn't work
- 12830: --install-data doesn't effect resources destination
- 12393: Packaging should provide support for extensible categories
- 13463: Fix parsing of package_data
- 14549: Recursive inclusion of packages
- 14651: pysetup run cmd can't handle option values in the setup.cfg file. Patch is available at the bug tracker.
We don't consider this
For now, we will use distutils and deprecate autotools.