[Python-Dev] Packaging and binary distributions

"Martin v. Löwis" martin at v.loewis.de
Sun Nov 6 08:53:51 CET 2011

> I agree in principle, but one thing you get with setup.cfg which seems harder to
> achieve with MSI is the use of Python to do things at installation time. For
> example, with setup.cfg hooks, you can use ctypes to make Windows API calls at
> installation time to decide where to put things. While this same flexibility
> exists in the MSI format (with custom actions and so forth) it's not as readily
> accessible to someone who wants to use Python to code this type of installation
> logic.

Again, that's a bdist_msi implementation issue. It could generate custom
actions that run the "proper" setup.cfg hooks (I presume - I have no
idea what a setup.cfg hook actually is).


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