[Distutils] Distributing Python Modules - Error using foo.py in section 2.1

Michael Delaney Michael.Delaney at CatalinaMarketing.com
Fri Sep 23 19:19:42 CEST 2005

Greg Ward,

     I am reading the documentation you wrote titled "Distributing
Python Modules".  In section 2.1 (A Simple Example), I made a simple
script named foo.py but I am not able to get it running following the
steps you provided.  The error I receive is listed below and I have
attached the files.  I am executing this in a console prompt using
Windows XP as the Operating System.  Could you please tell me what I am
doing incorrectly?

2.1  A Simple Example


# A setup script.

from distutils.core import setup

If all you want to do is distribute a module called foo, contained in a
file foo.py, 
then your setup script can be as simple as this:

from distutils.core import setup

To create a source distribution for this module, you would create a
setup script,
Setup.py, containing the above code, and run:

python setup.py sdist

The following error is displayed:

C:\Program Files\Python24>python setup.py

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "setup.py", line 7, in ?
File "C:\Program Files\Python24\distutils\core.py", line 101,
in setup _setup_distribution=dist=Klass(attrs)
File "C:\Program Files\Python24\distutils\dist.py", line 130,
in __init__settattr(self, method_name, getattr(self.metadata,
Attribute Error:  Distribution Metadata instance has no attribute



Thank you very much for your time.

Michael Delaney
Application Programmer
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