[Distutils] Install time prefixes and data files

Wolodja Wentland wentland at cl.uni-heidelberg.de
Fri Nov 13 14:51:56 CET 2009

On Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 13:04 +0000, Floris Bruynooghe wrote:

> +1

> But don't expect all package maintainers to suddenly classify their
> datafiles properly.  Last time this got discussed there was
> significant opposition to this, maintainers did not see the point and
> didn't want *any* change to their code at all unless it made *their*
> lives easier.

True, but we will see about that.

> Personally I think the API you proposed is reasonable and would love
> to see something like that in distutils so at least distros could
> patch upstream (and hopefully get it accepted).

Simplifying the work of distro maintainers easier is one of the main
incentives I had in mind with this proposal.

> The only issue I can see it that I'd like the API to retrieve the
> data-files to work both when running from a development repository as
> from an installed distribution.  Making the API methods of the
> Distribution class would force you to have an installed Distribution
> on you PYTHONPATH I think (as would relying on a file in the egg-info
> directory).

Any ideas on how to implement this?

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