[Distutils] Installing subpackages under common superpackage

Otto Maddox ottomaddox at fastmail.fm
Wed Apr 4 13:08:51 CEST 2012

Hi Rob,

Thank you for your answer. Could you please point me to the
specific functionality/documentation which I need to look at?


On Tue, Apr 3, 2012, at 08:53 AM, Rob Healey wrote:

  Dear Otto:
  The only way that I could tell you about a project that kind
  of does what you are looking for is already done somewhat in
  Distutils2-1.0a4 tarball...
  You may get the tarball from here, and look at its setup.py
  and setup.cfg files...
  Sincerely yours,
  Rob G. Healey

On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM, Otto Maddox
<[2]ottomaddox at fastmail.fm> wrote:

  I have a Python project which follows a client-server
  architecture. It
  is natural to develop it as two different projects and in two
  source distributions, myproject-server.tar.gz and
  Neither package depends on the other, but because they are
  part of a
  larger, overarching project, I want install each of them so
  that they
  appear as subpackages (myproject.server and myproject.client)
  under a
  common superpackage (myproject). I am looking for the cleanest
  and most
  correct way to do this using distutils and setup.py, so that I
  can end
  up with a structure like this:
  and so that any of the following commands (and their standard
  variations) work:
  import myproject
  import myproject.server
  import myproject.client
  Is there a way to write distutils/setup.py to do this?
  I have tried something like packages = ["myproject",
  in the client's setup.py and packages = ["myproject",
  "myproject.server"] in the server's setup.py. This kind of
  works, but it
  feels wrong because the second package which gets installed
  overwrite files from the first -- for example, there is no
  clean way to
  install myproject/__init__.py.
  I can't imagine that I'm the first person to want to address
  this use
  case. What would be the best way of doing this?
  Finally, does anybody have any examples of other projects
  which do a
  similar thing? Thanks.
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  Sincerely yours,

Rob G. Healey


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