[Distutils] setuptools bug: broken simlinks break setup()

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Mon Jun 25 22:20:52 CEST 2007

At 12:23 PM 6/25/2007 -0700, Andrew Straw wrote:
>In setuptools 0.6c5, a broken symlink in the package tree will cause
>'setup develop' to fail, even in the file is inconsequential for the
>package. I think this is a bug.
>Here is the output of running "python setup.py develop" in a package
>called flydra with a broken symlink called broken.symlink:
>running develop
>running egg_info
>writing flydra.egg-info/PKG-INFO
>writing top-level names to flydra.egg-info/top_level.txt
>writing dependency_links to flydra.egg-info/dependency_links.txt
>writing entry points to flydra.egg-info/entry_points.txt
>error: broken.symlink: No such file or directory
>(I would try this using setuptools==dev, but it seems svn.python.org is
>down, or at least my connection to it.)

Uh, where is this broken symlink exactly, and what does it point 
to?  What is the contents of your setup.py?  IOW, a minimal data set 
for reproducing the error would be helpful, as right now I don't have 
any idea where to begin looking for this.

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