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.hg directory should be absent in tarballs #23
To accomplish this need on other projects, I use hgtools as a file finder plugin. I don't want to integrate it with setuptools because of the complications around setup_requires (and the bugs that result). We could bundle hgtools and invoke it in release.py.
I see the files you're referencing in the setuptools 0.8b2 release. I'm not even sure how those files get included.
I just re-ran the sdist command on the default tip and those files don't get included, so I expect they'll be absent in the next release.