[Distutils] [SOLVED] Confounded by unhelpful error message.

Robert Park rbpark at exolucere.ca
Sat May 12 09:48:18 CEST 2012

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 1:58 PM, Éric Araujo <merwok at netwok.org> wrote:
> Thank you for sending the answer, this can be helpful for other people.

I seem to run into this problem every year when I upgrade my system
and have to reinstall all my dev tools, so I must admit my message was
quite selfish, hoping that I would find it the next time I go googling
for this error.

> I thought about suggesting you were maybe missing rpm or rpmbuild, but
> decided not to send that thought because you had said “rpm and distutils are
> both installed”.

Yeah, I was being quite specific. I had installed the package called
'rpm'. It hadn't occurred to me that there was another package that
was required.

> I never really looked into the bdist_rpm code, and I have
> no idea of how rpm works.  I should learn a bit more when I find time to
> work on http://bugs.python.org/issue11122

It seems like more of a Fedora/redhat bug:


>> I'm still shaking my head at that *awful* error message though.
> Yep, lying about the file that’s missing is definitely not good.  I’ll
> investigate distutils.spawn to see if I can fix that.

Cool, thanks.


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