[Python-Dev] Setup script for Tools/compiler (etc.)

Greg Ward gward@mems-exchange.org
Fri, 8 Sep 2000 08:59:30 -0400

Jeremy --

it seems to me that there ought to be a setup script in Tools/compiler;
it may not be part of the standard library, but at least it ought to
support the standard installation scheme.

So here it is:

  #!/usr/bin/env python

  from distutils.core import setup

  setup(name = "compiler",
        version = "?",
        author = "Jeremy Hylton",
        author_email = "jeremy@beopen.com",
        packages = ["compiler"])

Do you want to check it in or shall I?  ;-)

Also -- and this is the reason I cc'd python-dev -- there are probably
other useful hacks in Tools that should have setup scripts.  I'm
thinking most prominently of IDLE; as near as I can tell, the only way
to install IDLE is to manually copy Tools/idle/*.py to
<prefix>/lib/python{1.6,2.0}/site-packages/idle and then write a little
shell script to launch it for you, eg:

  # GPW 2000/07/10 ("strongly inspired" by Red Hat's IDLE script ;-)
  exec /depot/plat/packages/python-2.0b1/bin/python \
    /depot/plat/packages/python-2.0b1/lib/python2.0/site-packages/idle/idle.py $*

This is, of course, completely BOGUS!  Users should not have to write
shell scripts just to install and run IDLE in a sensible way.  I would
be happy to write a setup script that makes it easy to install
Tools/idle as a "third-party" module distribution, complete with a
launch script, if there's interest.  Oh hell, maybe I'll do it
anyways... just howl if you don't think I should check it in.

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