[Distutils] layout and setup.py for packaging documentation

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Mon Mar 1 00:03:48 CET 2010

On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 11:39 PM, Michael Foord <fuzzyman at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 28 February 2010 22:14, P.J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
>> At 10:03 PM 2/28/2010 +0100, Jean Daniel wrote:
>>> Can this be simpler?
>> Yes.  Don't install docs with your package.  People who want them
>> installed locally can just download your source install or use easy_install
>> -e.
>> Also, if your module is popular enough that people make Linux system
>> packages for it, they will make sure the docs get put in a blessed install
>> location.  Python doesn't currently have a blessed install location for
>> documentation, though perhaps it *should* have one in distutils2.
> How to include documentation in a package is a common question, so it would
> be great if distutils2 could deal with this issue.

As a matter of fact, we've worked on this during the sprints, and are
preparing a proposal
that will let people define a place for doc (and other stuff) and let
the OS packager decide where
it lands (with defaults per OS).

I'll post if there when its ready, hopefully soon


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