[Python-Dev] vendor-packages directory
bob at redivi.com
Thu Sep 22 22:03:22 CEST 2005
On Sep 22, 2005, at 3:56 PM, Phillip J. Eby wrote:
> At 12:04 PM 9/22/2005 -0700, Rich Burridge wrote:
>> 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-
>>> directory without modifying Python, and would still allow local
>>> 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
>> software, should go in a totally separate base directory, to
>> from Python files installed specifically at one site.
> Right - I'm proposing you add a vendor-packages.pth file to site-
> that points to a "totally separate base directory" where those
> files are
> installed, not that you install the packages themselves under
> site-packages. To make sure we're disagreeing about the same thing
> wink>, here's what I'm suggesting:
> 1. Install your packages in /usr/lib/python2.4/vendor-packages (so
> far, so
> good, we agree on this part)
> 2. Create a 'vendor-packages.pth' file in /usr/lib/python2.4/site-
> containing the line:
> This will ensure that your vendor-packages "just work", unless locally
> overridden in site-packages.
vendor-packages.pth should look like this (evil, but practical):
import site; site.addsitedir('/usr/lib/python2.4/vendor-packages')
Otherwise packages like Numeric, PIL, PyObjC, etc. that take
advantage of pth files will not work when installed to that location.
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