[Distutils] [Python Language Summit] Distutils / Packaging survey

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Sat Jan 31 16:37:56 CET 2009

At 05:40 PM 1/31/2009 +0900, David Cournapeau wrote:
>Ian Bicking wrote:
> > On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM, Floris Bruynooghe
> > I wouldn't want to use those.  What goes in libdir, what goes in
> > datadir?  I don't know, and frankly the distinctions start getting
> > really arbitrary.
>They are not arbitrary - they come from standard usage and have a
>rationale, at least on Unix (datadir for arch independent, and libdir
>for arch dependent, to simplify).
>But you mostly do not need to care, as a developer: .py files would be
>considered as data files, extensions as arch-dependent, etc...

If this is true, then there's no need to distinguish between .py 
files and any other data files - they both belong in /share to begin 
with, not in /lib.  Or else they ALL belong in /lib.  The entire "FHS 
demands they be split" concept is wrong from the get-go, under that 

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