[Distutils] Re: Newbie needs (begs for) help (fwd)
Sat Oct 28 09:52:02 2000
On 22 October 2000, James Thompson said:
> I hate to bother you personally but the list is screwed and I'm pushing
> for a new release for our app w/ distutil support today.
Bad luck! Due to the Starship outage, your mail to me sat in limbo for
almost a week. Dunno what's up with the Distutils list...
> I have an application that is partially modules, a few packages, and a
> final application or two.
> I'd like the application to end up in equiv of autoconfs prefix (/usr/bin,
> /usr/local/bin) and everything else to end up is a gnue directory (or
> below it in as a package)
> I've found that distutils (1.0.1) doesn't allow mixing packages, modules
> in setup.py so I assume this will require me doing every thing as a
That's a feature -- it's meant to *encourage* people to put their
modules into packages. ;-)
But if you still have "legacy" top-level modules, that's OK: just tell
the Distutils to process the "root package". Eg.
packages = ['', 'gnue', 'gnue.forms', 'gnue.misc']
Every "root package" module found in your source tree will wind up in
site-packages, unless you specify a .pth file with the 'extra_path'
> But I can't find anything on how to get the main app in
> /usr/local/bin or how to include docs/man pages etc.
For the main app:
scripts = ['script']
will copy "script" to /usr/local/bin (or whatever the prefix of the
current Python interprerter is), with the #! line fixed to point to the
interpreter used for the build.
Docs and man pages are not handled, because there is no standard
documentation format in the Python world. That's a bug, but not
one I can fix single-handedly. ;-(
Greg Ward email@example.com