[Distutils] setuptools fails to install package data from ZIP distribution

Chris McDonough chrism at plope.com
Wed Sep 26 16:07:54 CEST 2007

In my experience, that's usually a problem that happens when you do  
"python setup.py sdist" using:

- a setup.py expects that "find_package_data()" will find package  
data based on searching for things
   checked into version control.

- a source tree that isn't checked out from version control and does  
not have a MANIFEST.in file.

- C

On Sep 26, 2007, at 9:39 AM, Philipp von Weitershausen wrote:

> Packages with Zope software typically contain lots of package data
> (templates, resources, translations, configuration files). Last  
> night we
> had somebody with a Windows machine make distributions of some of our
> eggs (using python setup.py sdist) for the first time. It turns out,
> 'sdist' on Windows creates a ZIP file while on other platforms it
> creates a gzipped tarball. I find that difference in behaviour a bit
> disturbing.
> That behaviour isn't the actual root of the problem we experienced,
> however. These ZIP distributions were then uploaded to PyPI and other
> people happily started installing them. The only problem was that on
> Linux and MacOSX, the installed eggs no longer contained any of the
> package data. The distributions (the ZIP files) do contain it, but
> somehow setuptools fails to install it properly.
> Is this a known bug?
> Is there a reason for the different default behaviour of 'sdist' on  
> the
> different platforms?
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