[Distutils] ANN: py2app 0.1

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Mon Oct 4 05:16:58 CEST 2004

On Oct 3, 2004, at 10:52 PM, Phillip J. Eby wrote:

> At 04:51 PM 10/3/04 -0400, Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> I believe PEAK, ZConfig, Twisted, etc. may do one or both of these 
>> things.
> PEAK definitely includes data files in package directories, and the 
> latest version of the distutils supports doing such installs directly. 
>  (PEAK uses setuptools, though, since its minimum Python version is 
> Python 2.2.2.)

py2app is using setuptools too, supporting a minimum Python version of 
2.3.0.  It was MUCH MUCH simpler than using distutils directly.  
Additionally I borrowed the sdist script from PyObjC that ignores 
subversion junk.

> I don't have a Mac, though, so I'll have to rely on your feedback 
> regarding PEAK's buildability with py2app.  There are a number of 
> potential issues:
> * Current versions of Python have a broken reload() function with 
> respect to PEP 302; PEAK uses 'reload()' to drive a "lazy import" 
> facility that also allows setting triggers to run when modules are 
> imported.
> * PEAK uses in-package data files, and expects them to be accessible 
> as regular files.  This means that even if reload() worked correctly, 
> it would break with e.g. putting the package in a zipfile.  I do plan 
> to make this PEP 302 compatible in the near future, by checking for a 
> __loader__ attribute with a 'get_data()' method, and using that 
> instead of direct filesystem access, if available.
> * PEAK uses dynamic and lazy imports extensively, which makes it 
> impossible to find all its imports using only bytecode analysis.  An 
> ability to specify modules or packages as part of a setup.py is a 
> must.

Yeah, I was pretty sure that this was the case.  You simply just 
specify that you want to include PEAK as a package (which includes the 
whole package as-is, outside of the zip file).  At some point I'll add 
a recipe that detects the presence of PEAK and makes this happen 
automatically, like I do for pygame, but I'm going to wait a bit until 
I hear about other packages so I can just do them all at once before 
the next release.


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