[Distutils] Including package data with Distribute

Ram Rachum cool-rr at cool-rr.com
Mon Nov 16 14:46:58 CET 2009

David Cournapeau <cournape <at> gmail.com> writes:

> On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 11:28 AM, Ram Rachum <cool-rr <at> cool-rr.com> wrote:

> >
> >
> > You said on StackOverflow to look in distutils' docs to read about the 
> > language for MANIFEST.in.
> >
> > http://docs.python.org/distutils/commandref.html?highlight=manifest
> >
> > Is this it?
> >
> > It's pretty lame.
> Yes it is, but other options are not better ATM. Including data files
> in a predictible and simple way is a recurrent problem with distutils.
> > Does this really not support Windows?
> It should. I don't remember having problems on windows with
> MANIFEST.in. There also used to be problems where the MANIFEST was not
> regenerated correctly - I almost always remove MANIFEST everytime in
> my setup.py for most of my packages because of this.
> The problem is known, and is being discussed right now for distribute,
> so hopefully things will improve.
> David

I'm really lost here.

Can someone answer these question? Will MANIFEST.in work on Windows? Do I have 
to delete the MANIFEST file every time? Is this the sanest way right now to 
include data files?


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