[Distutils] Install a script to <prefix>/sbin instead of <prefix>/bin

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 12:24:19 CET 2013

On 3 December 2013 19:37, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 3 December 2013 09:38, Michael Jansen <info at michael-jansen.biz> wrote:
>> So who will decide if any change to distutils goes through? I have no idea
>> about the python patch process. Any links?
> Patches can be posted on http://bugs.python.org. But generally,
> changes to distutils are hard to get through so be prepared for some
> pushback.

Changes to distutils itself are fairly pointless, since the earliest
possible date for publication of any such changes is now as part of
Python 3.5 in 2015. The sheer impracticality of that approach when
plenty of people are still running Python 2.6 is why we're going
through the somewhat painful exercise of decoupling the preferred
build system from the standard library :)

So, at this point, the appropriate place to make such a change is in
setuptools: https://bitbucket.org/pypa/setuptools

That will allow it to be made in a way that supports Python 2.6+,
whereas a distutils change won't really help anyone.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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