[Python-Dev] Python and the Linux Standard Base (LSB)

Mike Orr sluggoster at gmail.com
Tue Nov 28 20:41:48 CET 2006

On 11/28/06, Barry Warsaw <barry at python.org> wrote:
> For distros like Gentoo or Ubuntu that rely heavily on their
> own system Python for the OS to work properly, I'm quite loathe to
> install Cheeseshop packages into the system site-packages.  I've had
> Gentoo break occasionally when I did this for example (though I don't
> remember the details now), so I always end up installing my own /usr/
> local/bin/python and installing my 3rd party packages into there.
> Even though site-packages is last on sys.path, installing 3rd party
> packages can still break the OS if the system itself installs
> incompatible versions of such packages into its site-packages.

One wishes distro vendors would install a separate copy of Python for
their internal OS stuff  so that broken-library or version issues
wouldn't affect the system.  That would be worth putting into the

Mike Orr <sluggoster at gmail.com>

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