[Distutils] setup script not found when directory name is 100 characters

Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Tue Sep 2 15:30:18 CEST 2008

On Tue, Sep 02, 2008 at 09:23:30AM +0000, Maurits van Rees wrote:
> I'm sure I have read this somewhere, but my search skills are failing
> me.  When easy installing a package this goes wrong:
> $ bin/easy_install ../foo.bar/dist/foo.bar-1.0.3.tar.gz 
> Processing foo.bar-1.0.3.tar.gz
> error: Couldn't find a setup script in ../foo.bar/dist/foo.bar-1.0.3.tar.gz
> The cause is that there is a directory foo.bar-1.0.3/.../baz for which
> the length of this path is exactly 100 characters.  When I release a
> version 1.1 instead, this path is reduced to 98 characters and
> easy_install happily installs it.
> Does anyone know which version of setuptools or easy_install
> introduced this problem or fixes it?  Or a link where this is
> explained?

Which Python version is this?  I seem to remember some bug in stdlib's
tarfile module that couldn't handle paths longer than 100 characters.

Google + bugs.python.org tell me there were several bugs


Marius Gedminas
Always forgive your enemies.  Nothing annoys them more.
		-- Oscar Wilde 
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