[Distutils] First attempt: close but no data files!

Kaelin Colclasure kaelin at acm.org
Fri Oct 23 17:53:10 CEST 2009

On Oct 23, 2009, at 8:16 AM, P.J. Eby wrote:

> At 09:58 PM 10/22/2009 -0700, Kaelin Colclasure wrote:
>> Restructuring as a package did indeed get things working as expected.
>> It's somewhat unfortunate that this is a requirement, as it made  
>> for a
>> lot of noise in my Mercurial repository and now most of my code is in
>> a module with the unhelpful name __init__.py…
> Given how short your data file is, the fact that it's entirely text,  
> and the fact that your module script always needs it to be loaded, I  
> wonder why you don't just make it a string constant in the .py file  
> to start with, or better yet, simply directly create the data  
> structure it represents.

I think you're referring to cuttlefish-config.plist, which is intended  
to be edited after installation to refer to the particulars of the  
installed site's filesystem, etc. [And yes, I realize having such a  
config file live inside the package is sub-optimal. I'm just looking  
for a low-impedence solution that works with the PyPI infrastructure.  
That said, if there are "best practices" for such things established  
and supported by setuptools I'm all ears…]

There is also a 'static/' directory with a bunch of webapp resources  
in it. And it is now installing with the package perfectly too. Thanks  
again for the helpful guidance!

-- Kaelin

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