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4.2 Manifest-related options

4.2 Manifest-related options

The normal course of operations for the sdist command is as follows:

  • if the manifest file, MANIFEST doesn't exist, read and create the manifest
  • if neither MANIFEST nor exist, create a manifest with just the default file set
  • if either or the setup script ( are more recent than MANIFEST, recreate MANIFEST by reading
  • use the list of files now in MANIFEST (either just generated or read in) to create the source distribution archive(s)
There are a couple of options that modify this behaviour. First, use the --no-defaults and --no-prune to disable the standard ``include'' and ``exclude'' sets.

Second, you might want to force the manifest to be regenerated--for example, if you have added or removed files or directories that match an existing pattern in the manifest template, you should regenerate the manifest:

python sdist --force-manifest

Or, you might just want to (re)generate the manifest, but not create a source distribution:

python sdist --manifest-only

--manifest-only implies --force-manifest. -o is a shortcut for --manifest-only, and -f for --force-manifest.

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