[Python-Dev] Distutils and Distribute roadmap (and some words on Virtualenv, Pip)

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 07:05:51 CEST 2009

On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 7:44 PM, David Cournapeau <cournape at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 5:49 AM, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 2009/10/20 Chris Withers <chris at simplistix.co.uk>:
>> There are many (I believe) Windows users for whom bdist_wininst is
>> just what they want. For those people, where's the incentive to switch
>> in what you propose? You're not providing the features they currently
>> have, and frankly "do the work yourself" is no answer (not everyone
>> can, often for entirely legitimate reasons).
> I am not so familiar with msi or wininst internals, but isn't it
> possible to install w.r.t. a given prefix ?

This is definitely supported by the msi. In fact, you can do this at
the command line (although I don't know if this is considered
officially supported or not):

$ argparse-1.0.2.win32-py2.6.msi /quiet TARGETDIR=C:\TempPython
$ dir C:\TempPython\Lib\site-packages
 Volume in drive C has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is B6E6-4B4D

 Directory of C:\TempPython\Lib\site-packages

10/20/2009  10:04 PM    <DIR>          .
10/20/2009  10:04 PM    <DIR>          ..
10/20/2009  10:03 PM             1,584 argparse-1.0.2-py3.1.egg-info
10/09/2009  11:03 AM            86,620 argparse.py

Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
Did Steve tell you that?
        --- The Hiphopopotamus

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