Helpers for Astropy and Affiliated packages
Python C
astrofrog Merge pull request #395 from astrofrog/openmp-cleanup
Minor updates to OpenMP infrastructure
Latest commit 7f11678 Jun 20, 2018




Please note that version v3.0 and later of astropy-helpers does require Python 3.5 or later. If you wish to maintain Python 2 support for your package that uses astropy-helpers, then do not upgrade the helpers to v3.0+. We will still provide Python 2.7 compatible releases on the v2.0.x branch during the lifetime of the astropy core package LTS of v2.0.x.

This project provides a Python package, astropy_helpers, which includes many build, installation, and documentation-related tools used by the Astropy project, but packaged separately for use by other projects that wish to leverage this work. The motivation behind this package and details of its implementation are in the accepted Astropy Proposal for Enhancement (APE) 4.

astropy_helpers includes a special "bootstrap" module called which is intended to be used by a project's in order to ensure that the astropy_helpers package is available for build/installation. This is similar to the module that is shipped with some projects to bootstrap setuptools.

As described in APE4, the version numbers for astropy_helpers follow the corresponding major/minor version of the astropy core package, but with an independent sequence of micro (bugfix) version numbers. Hence, the initial release is 0.4, in parallel with Astropy v0.4, which will be the first version of Astropy to use astropy-helpers.

For examples of how to implement astropy-helpers in a project, see the and setup.cfg files of the Affiliated package template.