[Distutils] Including symlinked data files in an egg

Wichert Akkerman wichert at wiggy.net
Wed Apr 20 10:56:05 CEST 2011

On 12/16/10 00:52 , P.J. Eby wrote:
> At 04:18 PM 12/15/2010 +0100, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
>> On 12/15/10 16:15 , P.J. Eby wrote:
>>> Most likely, the problem is with the file finder being used. Are you
>>> using a git plugin for setuptools, or simply listing everything in
>>> MANIFEST.in? If the former, it may be that the git plugin you're using
>>> simply doesn't support symlinks. If you're not using a git plugin,
>>> perhaps there is something amiss in the MANIFEST.in, and setuptools'
>>> built-in support for subversion is hiding the problem by picking up the
>>> symlinks.
>> I am not using a git (or other) plugin. I tried listing things in
>> MANIFEST.in, for example using:
>> graft my/package/templates/
>> graft my/package/templates/libraries
>> unfortunately that had no effect: libraries was not included, not as
>> symlink nor as a copy of the symlink target.
> I don't know whether MANIFEST.in is supposed to support symlinks or not,
> but the fact that it's working with subversion is strongly indicative
> that setuptools' file finder is picking up stuff that MANIFEST.in is not.
> I don't know *why* MANIFEST.in wouldn't pick up symlinks, though.
> Perhaps you could try boiling this down to a simpler test case (e.g.,
> subversion and git versions of the same minimal package containing only
> a symlink referred to by MANIFEST.in) so we can narrow it down some more?

I've finally gotten around to doing this. I have attached test.tar.gz 
with a minimal package that demonstrates this.


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