[Distutils] Getting source from __file__ in egg?

zooko zooko at zooko.com
Wed Sep 10 19:27:56 CEST 2008

On Sep 10, 2008, at 5:13 AM, skip at pobox.com wrote:

> If I have a package installed as a zip file egg and ask for its  
> __file__ I
> might get a reference which looks like a normal file system path  
> but isn't:

I advise people to add to their distutils config file:


In addition, I suggest that setuptools should be changed to install  
eggs unzipped by default, as there is a list of problems and  
inconveniences with zipping eggs and, as far as I am aware, no  
measured benefits.

Here is the issue ticket, in which your problem, Skip, is the most  
recent entry in the list:



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