[PYTHON MATRIX-SIG] Numeric Python 1.0 Beta 2 is available

Geoffrey Furnish furnish@laura.llnl.gov
Thu, 20 Mar 1997 12:10:31 -0800

Konrad Hinsen writes:
 > > Again, I regard this as a central shortcoming of Python.  The system
 > > used in TeX/LaTeX seems a lot better to me, where directory search
 > > paths are specified effectively as being "rooted at" some place, and
 > > all subdirectories of that are searched.  If python worked like that,
 > Funny to see that suggestion -- I was about to suggest the same in my
 > last message, but deleted the sentence after I had half written it.
 > I had suddenly realized that I would definitely not want Python
 > to go through the subdirectories in my personal module collection,
 > which includes subdirectories such as "old code to be kept for a while",
 > "untested code by others" etc.

I'm not really sure if this objection is very strong, I think it is
probably not.  Suppose you have a python installed with
--prefix=/over/there.  Somewhere else in your filespace, you are
developing your foobar package.  You archive your old stuff under
/here/foobar/oldstuff, not under /over/there/foobar/oldstuff.  I mean
really, who develops in an install tree?  Certainly not me.  But the
advantage of the TeX kpathsea business is that you can install a
package under /over/there/foobar and have no trouble with the files
beeing seen via the search mechanism of the previously compiled

I maintian that this would be a huge win for python extension

Geoffrey Furnish		email: furnish@llnl.gov
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