1) There are many lists to choose from - if this is the wrong one for questions about packaging - please forgive me, and point me in the right direction.
2) Normally, I have just packaged python, and then moved on. However, recently I have been asked to help with packaging an 'easier to install' python by people using cloud-init, and more recently people wanting to use salt-stack (on AIX).
FYI: I have been posting about my complete failure to build 2.7.11 ( http://bugs.python.org/issue26466) - so, what I am testing is based on 2.7.10 - which built easily for me.
Going through the 'base documentation' I saw a reference to both sys.argv and sys.path. atm, I am looking for an easy way to get the program name (e.g., /opt/bin/python, versus ./python). I have my reasons (basically, looking for a compiled-in library search path to help with http://bugs.python.org/issue26439)
Looking on two platforms (AIX, my build, and debian for power) I am surprised that sys.argv is empty in both cases, and sys.path returns /opt/lib/python27.zip with AIX, but not with debian.
root@x064:[/data/prj/aixtools/python/python-2.7.10]/opt/bin/python Python 2.7.10 (default, Nov 3 2015, 14:36:51) [C] on aix5 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
import sys sys.argv
['', '/opt/lib/python27.zip', '/opt/lib/python2.7', '/opt/lib/python2.7/plat-aix5', '/opt/lib/python2.7/lib-tk', '/opt/lib/python2.7/lib-old', '/opt/lib/python2.7/lib-dynload', '/opt/lib/python2.7/site-packages']
michael@ipv4:~$ python Python 2.7.9 (default, Mar 1 2015, 13:01:00) [GCC 4.9.2] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
import sys sys.argv
['', '/usr/lib/python2.7', '/usr/lib/python2.7/plat-powerpc-linux-gnu', '/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-tk', '/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-old', '/usr/lib/python2.7/lib-dynload', '/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages', '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages', '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/PILcompat', '/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtk-2.0', '/usr/lib/pymodules/python2.7']
And I guess I would be interested in getting '/opt/lib/python2.7/dist-packages' in there as well (or learn a way to later add it for pre-compiled packages such as cloud-init AND that those would also look 'first' in /opt/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cloud-init for modules added to support cloud-init - should I so choose (mainly in case of compatibility issues between say cloud-init and salt-stack that have common modules BUT may have conflicts) - Hopefully never needed for that reason, but it might also simplify packaging applications that depend on python.
Many thanks for your time and pointers into the documentation, It is a bit daunting :)