[Python-Dev] PEP 250 - site-packages on Windows: (Was: [Distutils] Package DB: strawman PEP)
Thu, 12 Jul 2001 17:22:53 -0400
> The bdist_wininst installer simply installs into prefix,
> this is what the registry has under
> Now what should it do?
> What does that key *mean*?
Mark Hammond documented it as being the directory into which Python is
installed; python.exe lives here.
> If it is the directory into which packages should get installed,
No; it's much older than the package mechanism <0.1 wink>.
> then bdist_wininst should keep doing what it does now, and the
> Python installer should be changed to put site-packages into that key.
Not its purpose.
> If, on the other hand, this key has a meaning elsewhere in Python,
Not in the PythonLabs distribution, but I expect Mark's Win32 extensions
make use of it.
> and changing it would cause a problem,
IMO, any change to the registry settings requires Mark Hammond's blessing.
> then I would say that this is a bug in the Windows Installer, which
> should use a key of its own.
Couldn't follow that one.
> In that case, my recommendation would be to have the Python 2.2
> installer create a new key and wininst use that if it exists,
If you have to use the registry, why not paste Lib/site-packages on to the
end of InstallPath and use that?