[Distutils] installing distutils
Tue, 1 Feb 2000 09:21:38 -0500
On 31 January 2000, Curtis Jensen said:
> View the USAGE file. Near the end it tells how. It'll be a command
> similar to:
> setup.py -v install --prefix=/home/greg --exec-prefix=/home/greg
> If /home/greg was where you wanted to install to.
Some caveats here:
* installing to non-standard directories doesn't work very well in
general; it was poorly thought out and needs to be redesigned for
the next version
* so, don't curse too hard trying to get it to work -- it's my fault,
* if you use the --prefix/--exec-prefix options, be aware that the
standard Python library structure will be mimicked, e.g. in the
above example modules will be installed to
* if you want finer control, you should use the --install-site-lib or
--install-site-platlib options (example forthcoming).
* when using either --prefix/exec-prefix (or --install-site-lib/
install-site-platlib), be aware of which one to supply: only *one*
of them is used to install any given Python module distribution. If
any extension modules are present, only --exec-prefix (or
--install-site-platlib) need be supplied; if the distribution is
100% pure Python, only --prefix (or --install-site-lib) need be
supplied. Requiring users to know this is a bug.
* when installing non-packagized distributions that are supposed to go
in their own directory under site-packages, Distutils ignores this
request when installing to a non-standard directory. (I think. It
probably depends on whether you use --prefix/exec-prefix or
--install-sitelib/install-site-platlib.) This is a bug.
Here's the recommended way to install Numeric Python to a non-standard
directory *using Distutils 0.1.x*:
python setup.py install --install-site-platlib=$HOME/lib/python/Numeric
where you can supply whatever base you like instead of $HOME/lib/python;
but putting it into a directory called Numeric is strongly recommended,
because that's what Distutils would do if you were installing to the
standard library directory. Finally, you have to make sure that the
exact directory named -- $HOME/lib/python/Numeric -- is in your
Please don't count on this buggy, counterintuitive behaviour existing
beyond Distutils 0.1.x...