- Is it possible for me to specify a default --install-lib value which will
be used in all installs unless overridden (effectively a site preferences file for distutils)? If not, is it feasible to add such a thing?
Config files are supported since May 2000, but not yet documented. Here is the archive mail: http://www.python.org/pipermail/distutils-sig/2000-May/001482.html
- What happens with binary distributions? (I've not tried building one of
these yet, so it may be obvious...) Can I install a binary distribution and specify --install-lib, or is the bdist_wininst version unable to accept command line overrides?
No custom schemes for .exe binary distributions.
Actually, a third (Python) question: If I do add a "site library" directory, what do I need to do to get Python to recognise it by default? Looking at the documentation of the site module, it looks like Unix has a site-python directory already, via sys.prefix, whereas Windows doesn't. Should/could I just set sys.prefix somehow? (Maybe this should be directed to somewhere like the Python newsgroup, though).
You can set the environment variable PYTHONPATH to give additional directories to search for python modules.