On 08 July 2002, M.-A. Lemburg said:
Not sure whether it's already possible or not, but I'd prefer to keep the install command and have the package provide this information (site-packages vs. system-packages) as part of the setup.py or setup.cfg file.
Perhaps we could have some kind of category for distutils packages which marks them as system add-ons vs. site add-ons.
+1 -- this should definitely be up to the package author/packager, not the local admin. I once tried to convince Guido that the ability to occasionally upgrade standard library modules/packages would be a good thing, but he wasn't having it. Any change of heart, O Mighty BDFL?