[Python-Dev] Re: [Bug #117070] README instructions for configuring Setup are not helpful

Jon Ribbens jon+sourceforge@unequivocal.co.uk
Thu, 26 Oct 2000 10:39:01 +0100

"Fred L. Drake, Jr." <fdrake@acm.org> wrote:
>   Ok, here's the plan:  Change Setup.in to Setup.dist, and provide a
> copy as Setup.  Since this doesn't help if the source and build
> directories differ, configure.in can be modified to create Setup if
> (and only if!) it doesn't exist, by copying it from $srcdir/Modules/.
>   Does this sound agreeable?

Sounds cool. I would mention in the first part of the install instructions
about the Setup file, that you edit it to change the available modules
(this concept is not obvious if you don't know how Python works!),
that you can edit it now but if you have not installed Python before it is
best to try building without editing it first and that there are more
instructions further down the README. You might like to mention 'readline'
here too to head-off newsgroup questions about why up-arrow doesn't work ;-).