[Distutils] command hooks...

Oscar Benjamin oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com
Wed May 23 13:50:54 CEST 2012

On 23 May 2012 07:48, Tarek Ziadé <tarek at ziade.org> wrote:

> On 5/23/12 8:16 AM, Robert Park wrote:
>> On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM, Tarek Ziadé<tarek at ziade.org>  wrote:
>>> If you are a packager for a project, you can describe in details your
>>> data
>>> files, and add more metadata that are understood by PyPI.
>>> If you are a debian packager, you will be able to define where the data
>>> files of a python project should be installed without having to patch
>>> some
>>> python code.
>> This right here is the killer feature for me. By my limited
>> observations, most people solve the data files problem either by
>> dumping their data files inside their python modules (which is an ugly
>> abuse of the filesystem), or are simply using the cumbersome autotools
>> in order to record the installation prefix for their data files. It
>> blows my mind that it is standard practice for many GNOME apps written
>> in Python to use a C compilation preprocessor in order to set a python
>> variable so their python scripts can find their data files.
>> Currently I am hacking distutils in order to accomplish this, like so:
>> https://github.com/robru/**gottengeography/blob/master/**setup.py<https://github.com/robru/gottengeography/blob/master/setup.py>
>> But this is ugly because it modifies the file in-place, so I always
>> have to be careful not to accidentally commit the munged file into my
>> git repo.
>> It's absolutely critical that any replacement for distutils have
>> built-in functionality for installed python code being able to query
>> at run-time the location that data files were placed at install time.
>>  Please read this section and let us know what you think:
> http://docs.python.org/dev/**packaging/setupcfg.html#**resources<http://docs.python.org/dev/packaging/setupcfg.html#resources>

How do gettext translation files fit into this scheme? Should they go under

> This works in conjunction with the new sysconfig module, which can be
> configured system-wide by the linux distribution, or locally per projet
> Then you can use an API to get the file from your code.
> Gosh the documentation is a mess ... we need to fix this - it has bits
> from the previous version that should be removed :(
> Cheers
> Tarek
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