[docs] Bug in http://docs.python.org/install/index.html

Sandro Tosi sandro.tosi at gmail.com
Thu Sep 22 23:32:42 CEST 2011

Hi Michael,
thanks for your email

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 16:49, Michael Mol <mikemol at gmail.com> wrote:
> Under: http://docs.python.org/install/index.html#inst-how-install-works
> It notes "Windows       prefix\Lib\site-packages        C:\PythonXY\Lib\site-packages"
> for default values on Windows.
> In the paragraph following the table is the text: "prefix and
> exec-prefix stand for the directories that Python is installed to, and
> where it finds its libraries at run-time. They are always the same
> under Windows, and very often the same under Unix and Mac OS X. "
> I don't know if it's hardcoded into Python distributions to use C, but
> it's not correct. The correct way to identify what most people think
> of as C is via the %SYSTEMROOT% environment variable, so the path
> described would be "%SYSTEMROOT%\PythonXY\Lib\site-packages"
> (This is still not the correct way to do things on Windows, but it at
> least shouldn't break on systems with a %SYSTEMROOT% other than C.
> I've seen configurations like that on systems which boot multiple
> versions of Windows.)

I've opened http://bugs.python.org/issue13030 to track your request.

Sandro Tosi (aka morph, morpheus, matrixhasu)
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