[Python-Dev] vendor-packages directory
Rich.Burridge at Sun.COM
Thu Sep 22 21:04:14 CEST 2005
Phillip J. Eby wrote:
>> Recently I asked about the inclusion of a "vendor-packages"
>> directory for Python on the Python mailing list.
>> See the thread started at:
>> for the full reasoning behind this request, and the replies
>> I received.
> I'm with Terry on this, it needs a better rationale. Why can't you just
> add a .pth file to the site-packages directory? It seems that would
> address the issue nicely.
> (See http://docs.python.org/lib/module-site.html for documentation of
> the .pth mechanism, which would let you implement a separate
> vendor-packages directory without modifying Python, and would still
> allow local overrides of your vendor packages.)
I understand how .pth files work.
The rationale for requesting the "vendor-packages" approach, is that Python files,
as supplied by the vendor (Sun, Apple, RedHat ...) with their operating system
software, should go in a totally separate base directory, to differentiate them
from Python files installed specifically at one site.
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