[Python-Dev] Refactoring installation schemes

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Wed Oct 28 11:43:54 CET 2009

Tarek Ziadé wrote:
> Hello,
> Since the addition of PEP 370, (per-user site packages), site.py and
> distutils/command/install.py are *both* providing the various
> installation directories for Python,
> depending on the system and the Python version.
> We have also started to discuss lately in various Mailing Lists the
> addition of new schemes for IronPython and Jython, meaning that we
> might add some more in both places.
> I would like to suggest a simplification by adding a dedicated module
> to manage these installation schemes in one single place in the
> stdlib.
> This new independant module would be used by site.py and distutils and
> would also make it easier for third party code to work with these
> schemes.
> Of course this new module would be rather simple and not add any new
> import statement to avoid any overhead when Python starts and loads
> site.py


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