[Distutils] [setuptools] running a post_install script

Jon Peirce Jonathan.Peirce at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Aug 24 19:44:09 CEST 2006

I've just been discovering the beauties of setuptools - for someone like 
me, developing a package with many dependencies, it could be just the 
tonic! And very easy to get going too - thnks!

One question though - my package carries a post-install script to create 
a few shortcuts on windows systems. Creating an egg and then 
easy_installing it copies a setuptools version of the script to the 
scripts folder but it doesn't run at the end of install (or maybe it 
tries to and fails in some hidden way). The script does use the special 
functions from distutils [like get_special_folder_path(csidl_string)] 
and maybe these aren't available to setuptools?

Am I missing something? Should it run? Or is it a simple limitation of 
eggs that they can't do this?

The post-install script is attached below.



##Windows post install (shortcuts etc...)
import sys, os

def install():
    print "Adding shortcuts to >>Start>Programs>PsychoPy"
    progsFolder= get_special_folder_path("CSIDL_COMMON_PROGRAMS")
    sitePackages = os.path.join(sys.prefix , 'lib','site-packages')
    #Psychopy Programs folder
    psychopyShortcuts = os.path.join(progsFolder, 'PsychoPy')
    if not os.path.isdir(psychopyShortcuts):
    #monitor center
    monitorCenterLink=os.path.join(psychopyShortcuts, "MonitorCenter.lnk")
    if os.path.isfile(monitorCenterLink):   
        os.remove(monitorCenterLink)#we want to make a new one
                        'PsychoPy Monitor Center', monitorCenterLink)
    homePageLink = os.path.join(psychopyShortcuts, "PsychoPyHome.lnk")
    if os.path.isfile(homePageLink):   
        os.remove(homePageLink)#we want to make a new one
                        'PsychoPy HomePage', homePageLink)
    print "All done. Enjoy!"

if len(sys.argv) > 1:
    if sys.argv[1] == '-install':
        print "Script was called with option %s" % sys.argv[1]

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