[Distutils] A prefix option?
jim at zope.com
Thu Feb 9 13:31:29 CET 2006
Phillip J. Eby wrote:
> At 02:42 PM 2/8/2006 -0800, Ben Bangert wrote:
>>I'm wondering if there's any plans for a prefix option, which
>>functions like the common makefile prefix option for where the lib/
>>bin dir will then be, etc. My main reason for asking is this blog
>>entry regarding setuptools installs:
> Rather than stop using setuptools, package authors should consult:
> which has a (hopefully) comprehensive list of things that you may need or
> want to inform your users about. A --prefix option wouldn't have removed
> the need for *any* of them, I'm afraid. Note also that among the
> installation options offered at:
> is the option to create a "virtual" Python installation, and the supplied
> virtual-python.py script *does* accept a --prefix option, and would have
> allowed him to do exactly what he wanted to do by simply using the
> ~/bin/python created automatically by virtual-python.py.
I really don't think the virtual python approach is viable, at a minimum
because it doesn't work on windows. It is also unacceptably heavy IMO.
I think we need a simple way to handle custom directories that is:
- cross platform
- doesn't require modifying the Python install
- allows chained/multile custom directories, which means the trick
of putting eggs and scripts in the same directory doesn't work,
- is simple. :)
It appears that this has something to do with your plugin proposal.
I'll try to participate in that discussion to tease this out a bit more.
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