[Distutils] A distutils question

Noel O'Boyle no228 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Dec 8 14:58:00 CET 2005

It's true (see thread below) - I have been scared away from asking
questions about distutils. But here I go...

Can someone help me. I think this is quite a common
problem but there doesn't appear to be any obvious answer:

Can someone suggest how I can write a setup.py for a pure-Python
application that should install on both Linux and Windows?

The application includes a startup script, a package, and some data
files (or package data) referred to by some modules in the package.

The Linux version will be distributed as a source distribution. The
Windows version will be distributed as a bdist_wininst, and should
create a shortcut in the Start Menu folder.

An answer will not only receive my heartfelt thanks, but be
posted on the web (http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~noel/distutils), so that
others will not have the same problem. A method that will work for both
Python 2.3 and 2.4 would be the most appreciated.

---------contents of development directory


On Wed, 2005-12-07 at 14:22 -0500, Stephen Langer wrote:
> On Dec 7, 2005, at 12:10 PM, Ian Bicking wrote:
> > Kevin Dangoor wrote:
> >> -1
> >>
> >> In the months that I've been subscribed to this list, I haven't  
> >> really
> >> seen any *other* discussion that seems geared towards improving
> >> distribution of Python modules and add-ons.
> >
> > Ditto.  Setuptools is the most active distutils-related development
> > right now, no surprise there's lots of messages on it.  The volume  
> > is a
> > *good* thing ;)
> I guess the concern is that the dominance of setuptools message is  
> scaring away people with old-fashioned distutils questions.  There  
> haven't been many of those lately, and some of them seem to have  
> received no response.  I don't think that splitting the list in two  
> is a solution, though.  There's not enough traffic to warrant that  
> (except for a brief spurt a week or so ago...)
>   -- Steve


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