I'm a setuptools user and I appreciate it a lot, particularly for the automatic dependency installation and eggs. I found over the web that one of egg features is that files shouldn't be strewn all over the disk. However is there a way to put files outside the egg install directory (e.g. /usr/share/doc) ?
The data_file list given as an argument to the setup method allows to specify where data files should be installed. But when I try to install a distribution using easy_install with an .egg file, all data files are copied in the egg install directory. This means that the prefix for relative path specified in the data_file list is the egg install directory instead of <sys.prefix>. Is there a way to force easy_install to use <sys.prefix> as the prefix for relative data file paths ?