[Distutils] Distutils has no module named util, or is it a package problem?

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Thu Nov 10 23:23:55 CET 2005

Ben Bangert wrote:
> On Nov 10, 2005, at 2:05 PM, Ian Bicking wrote:
>> I wasn't sure, so I did it to be safe.  It shouldn't effect anything.
>>>> except it doesn't work when doing the sandbox install, and the  
>>>> exception comes during the sandbox phase.  I'm not sure why a  
>>>> sandbox installation is happening (zip_safe is explicitly set to  
>>>> False)?
>>> easy_install runs all setup scripts in a sandbox, since it has no  
>>> way of knowing whether a given script is "safe" until it actually  
>>> runs it in the sandbox.  Easier to ask forgiveness than  permission, 
>>> you might say.  :)
>> But apparently that import doesn't work when in the sandbox.  Why  
>> test it when setup() says explicitly that it isn't safe?
> Even if it doesn't 'test' it, it would still need a sandbox to stick  
> the svn checkout in while it builds and installs it, no? (Not that I  
> have any clue how setuptools works, but this is just a guess)

The sandbox in this case is when setuptools runs setup.py with fake file 
routines, to see if the setup.py file writes things to weird locations. 
  Now that I think about it, this isn't for zip-safe testing, but to 
test if setuptools can properly wrap this.

I can understand why to do this when running a distutils setup.py file, 
but could this be surpressed for a setup.py file which imports from 
setuptools?  I think it should be presumed that it is safe in that case.

Ian Bicking  /  ianb at colorstudy.com  /  http://blog.ianbicking.org

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