[Distutils] Installing large applications
tim at zope.com
Tue Jun 15 22:25:55 EDT 2004
> Nothing is stopping you from doing sys.path.insert(0, ...) in lieu of
> addsitedir, so long as you don't have to process additional pth files.
Not even good taste <0.5 wink>? .pth files weren't intended to be a
generally-programmable alternative to site-customize.py, and relying on that
site.py happens to exec entire lines starting with "import" seems abusive to
me. Stuffing arbitrary executable code on the same line after an import is
a trick, and one I wouldn't count on sticking around. As Guido said here:
the Python developers have no idea why .pth files exec lines starting with
"import", and that doesn't bode well for the future of this trick.
Guido had a different solution in 1999. Because it doesn't involve obscure
tricks, envars, or changing anything in the installed Python, nobody liked
It's not really a solution "for ZODB", though.
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