[Distutils] What is needed by an uninstall command to be useful ?

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Tue Jun 17 13:45:30 CEST 2008

David Cournapeau <david at ar.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp> writes:

> Ben Finney wrote:
> > I don't understand what you mean here. How do packages get into
> > the system location if they're not installed there at some time?
> > What, specifically, do you hope people don't do?
> I meant installing packages from sources into /usr.

That's what the Debian packaging system would do when installing a
Python package. What would you have different?

> I know some people do that under debian for example, and of course,
> they overwrite/mess up the package most of the time (because dpkg
> has already its own version there, for example).

The question that seems inconsistently addressed is: What should
happen when installing (onto a Debian system) via distutils a Python
package that *isn't* packaged yet for Debian?

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Ben Finney

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