[Distutils] PEP 376 Status

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Mon Mar 29 23:55:37 CEST 2010

On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 11:07 PM, Ian Bicking <ianb at colorstudy.com> wrote:
> After reading through the PEP, one thing that I'd like to see is the use of
> relative filenames in RECORD.  I've used this functionality myself with pip
> and Silver Lining, where I am transferring code (in its installed form)
> between systems; so long as you stick to pure-Python code and have relative
> filenames (as pip uses, and with some fixups of .pth files) this works
> well.  Systems like App Engine also encourage this kind of behavior.
> Uninstall actually becomes more interesting to me as well in this model, as
> I have these packages installed for a much longer amount of time (I'm not
> simply reinstalling everything on new computers).
> After a bit of IRC discussion, it seems like files that are outside of
> sys.prefix should not be relative (e.g., a file installed in /etc shouldn't
> be ../../../../etc/package/some-file), but anything inside sys.prefix can be
> relative.  This would work well with virtualenv, for instance (where most
> everything is under sys.prefix, and relative files work nicely for all those
> cases).

If no one objects, I'll change it this way.

Tarek Ziadé | http://ziade.org

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