[Distutils] Disabling --single-version-externally-managed

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 06:32:37 CEST 2007

[Resending with gzipped complete filelist as the previous try was too
large to send to the list]

Just to illustrate what I'm trying to achieve.  I've updated the Fedora
Packaging Guidelines[1]_ to allow two versions of a package to coexist.
 I'll list here the sqlalchemy-0.4 and -0.3 build steps, filelists, and
the output of the test-sql.sh script using this procedure.  The end
result is what we want but the build step to get there seem a tad
fragile and kludgey.  Since these are going to become guidelines for all
of our python packages, I'd like to know if either: 1) there's a better
way to do this or 2) the results I'm achieving are not expected and
could disappear with a random upgrade of setuptools.

.. _[1]: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/PackagingDrafts/PythonEggs


sqlalchemy-0.3 compat package::
  CFLAGS="$RPM_OPT_FLAGS" %{__python} setup.py bdist_egg
  mkdir -p %{python_sitelib}
  easy_install -m --prefix $RPM_BUILD_ROOT%{_usr} dist/*.egg

sqlalchemy-0.4 default package::
  CFLAGS="$RPM_OPT_FLAGS" %{__python} setup.py bdist_egg
  mkdir -p %{python_sitelib}
  easy_install -m --prefix %{_usr} --always-unzip dist/*.egg
  cd %{python_sitelib}/%{srcname}-%{version}%{betaver}-py%{pyver}.egg
  mv sqlalchemy ..
  ln -s ../sqlalchemy .

The compat package is pretty straighforward.  However, building the
default package seems overly complex.  It seems like we should be able
to do this::
  CFLAGS="$RPM_OPT_FLAGS" %{__python} setup.py build
  %{__python} setup.py install --skip-build --root $RPM_BUILD_ROOT

But that yields the tracebacks when using pkg_resource.require() to try
to run 0.3.

truncated filelist
Full filelist attached.  These are the main toplevel directories to show
where the important pieces are.  The sqlalchemy directories all contain
a version of the python module.  (SQLAlchemy-0.4.egg/sqlalchemy is
actually a symlink to site-packages/sqlalchemy but that doesn't matter.
   Those can be reversed or they can be copies with the same results).


test-sql.sh output
import sqlalchemy...  0.4.0beta4
pkg_require >=0.3,<0.4.0beta1...  0.3.10
pkg_require...  0.4.0beta4
pkg_require >=0.3...  0.4.0beta4
pkg_require <= 0.4.10...  0.4.0beta4
pkg_require <=0.3.12...  0.3.10


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