[Distutils] Appears bdist_rpm completely broken

Andrew Kuchling akuchlin@mems-exchange.org
Wed Sep 20 14:17:06 2000

On Wed, Sep 20, 2000 at 12:06:23PM -0600, Uche Ogbuji wrote:
>Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see how bdist_rpm works for
>anyone.  I've tried 0.9.2, the 9/12 and 9/16 snapshots but I have a
>problem with the generated pycs.

It generated ZODB & ExtensionClass RPMs that worked fine, and those
modules both involve mixed Python and C module, which is about as
complicated as you can get.  

>line 3, in ?
>ImportError: cannot import name XPathParserBase

What exactly is the bug? Do you not expect that ImportError to be
raised?  Or is it just that the path names shown in tracebacks are

>Further investigation turns up the culprit:  The generated pyc files
>from the RPM have the "/var/tmp/..." hard-coded in to their imports.

Presumably bdist_rpm shouldn't contain .pyc files, and should instead
use a postinstall script to compile the .py files.