[Distutils] why does easy_install set +x on all .py files?

Erik Bray erik.m.bray at gmail.com
Tue Jun 7 20:48:38 CEST 2011

Hi all,

I've used setuptools for a long time, and yet I've only just noticed
this behavior.  It came up because I wanted nose to run some installed
tests, and it was mysterious as to why it wasn't finding them.  Debug
output from nose revealed the answer: it was skipping searching those
modules because they're exectuable.

That's fine, because I can just add --exe to nose.  But I was
wondering why it is that easy_install sets 0755 on all files?  Why not
preserve the existing executable bit set on the file?


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