[Distutils] bdist_rpm and bdist on x86-64

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Wed Apr 20 11:00:14 CEST 2005

Mihai Ibanescu wrote:
>>>It looks like RedHat/Fedora patch their package to only put the platform
>>>specific files in /lib64 (that's how I made my patch).
>>>Perhaps this isn't a good idea to do then :-(  I wonder whether it would
>>>be possible for distribution to set these values somewhere. Couldn't
>>>python have a sys function to return its Makefile?
> Fedora does it this way because of .noarch.rpm packages. Pure python
> libraries should run just fine both on x86 and x86_64, and since it's /usr/lib
> on x86, x86_64 has to know about /usr/lib too (which is sort of confusing).

Not only that, I doubt that this will work well unless
you now have two site-packages dirs (one in /usr/lib for
Python only extensions and one in /usr/lib64 for combined
Python and binary extensions).

> I believe you can get away without patching anything, if you do:
> from distutils import sysconfig
> print sysconfig.get_python_lib()
> to which you either pass plat_specific = 0 or 1. This will properly parse the
> right Makefile (which is probably what you ended up doing).

Uhm, this is the function that Jeremy was patching - the problem
being that the "lib" part of the path is hard-coded into this

It doesn't parse the Makefile, BTW, and plat_specific only
adds site-packages to the returned directory - it doesn't
have anything to do with platform specific code.

The Makefile is the only place where Python itself can
look up how it was configured. It's easy to find:
distutils.sysconfig.parse_makefile(filename) then does the
rest. Or in one go: distutils.sysconfig.get_config_vars().

The interesting parts of the Makefile are these variables:

# Detailed destination directories

I guess we should change the install.py to use these
values instead of building its own little world of

What do you think ?

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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