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

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Thu Nov 30 22:48:53 CET 2006

Jan Claeys wrote:
> Op woensdag 29-11-2006 om 12:23 uur [tijdzone +0100], schreef Armin
> Rigo:
>> I could not agree more.  Nowadays, whenever I get an account on a new
>> Linux machine, the first thing I have to do is reinstall Python
>> correctly in my home dir because the system Python lacks distutils.
>> Wasteful.  (There are some applications and libraries that use
>> distutils at run-time to compile things, and I'm using such
>> applications and libraries on a daily basis.) 
> I think you should blame the sysadmins, and kick them to install python
> properly for use by a developer, because every distro I know provides
> distutils...   ;-)
I think the point is that some distros (Debian is the one that springs 
to mind most readily, but I'm not a distro archivist) require a separate 
install for distutils even though it's been a part of the standard 
*Python* distro since 2.3 (2.2?)

So, it isn't that you can't get distutils, it's that you have to take an 
extra step over and above installing Python.

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