[Distutils] --home on non-POSIX platforms

David Handy david at handysoftware.com
Fri Jun 25 13:33:08 EDT 2004

On Fri, 25 Jun 2004, Fred L. Drake, Jr. wrote:

> If a user specifies "--home <some-path>" on the setup.py command line, is 
> there ever a reason to tell them they don't want the software to the 
> installed in that way?  Enabling --home for all platforms looks trivial from 
> a quick review of distutils.command.install.
> Are there any objections to enabling this for all platforms in Python 2.4?

I vote +1.

It never made sense to me to disable that feature on Windows. After all, 
the PYTHONPATH environment variable wasn't disabled on Windows because 
"it doesn't make sense on that platform", why then should we disable 
installing into a directory of our choice on that platform?

David H.

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