[Distutils] Installing large applications
bob at redivi.com
Tue Jun 15 17:31:18 EDT 2004
On Jun 15, 2004, at 9:02 AM, Flavio Codeco Coelho wrote:
> I have been following this discussion for a long time and I am happy
> to see that at least, there is general agreement about the fact that
> distutils needs a lot of improvement to live up to Python's reputation
> of a clear and straightforward (therefore efficient) developing
> Following up on the opinion of Fred about the inability of distutils
> to handle large applications, I would like to present my frustration
> (as a newbie distutils user) with the default behavior for the
> installation of a very simple application.
> My example application consists of a bunch of py_modules (3 or 4
> modules plus an executable script) and some datafiles. When setup.py
> install is executed the main script is copied to the /usr/bin/ (which
> is fine, although a symbolic link would suffice) is and the py_modules
> are thrown in the site-packages directory, the data files are thrown
> somewhere under the /usr directory. I don't know how this goes on
> windows or other platforms.
> I would hope the installation procedure would keep all the files
> under a folder in site-packages named after the application name,
> which is given in the setup.py. That would make is easier to manually
> remove an application if necessary (I reckon distutils does not
> support unistalls? please correct me if I am wrong).
You can do this by passing extra_path='YourAppName' to setup(...)
> Maybe my frustrations are due to my lack of knowledge of distutils,
> but the documentation available does not help a lot.
> I also strongly believe that the distutils should incorporate the
> functionality of python installers such as the py2exe and the mcmillan
> installer, and provide a multi-platform solution to the deployment of
> python apps.
It pretty much does.. that's what bdist_* is for. py2exe is something
entirely different, but it does have some integration with distutils
IIRC. distutils is primarily suited for deployment of python packages,
not standalone applications.
> I hope I have not offended anyone with my end-user point-of view, but
> despite the technical chalenges involved, I think distutils should aim
> for the ease of distribution available for commercial languages if
> Python is to seriously compete for market share with them.
What commercial language(s) have some distribution tool built-in? Why
can't you use it with Python if you wanted to?
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