[Python-Dev] Can Python Be Built Without Distutils

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Fri Jan 23 22:01:56 CET 2015

On 23.01.2015 21:56, Cyd Haselton wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 1:19 PM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
>> On 23.01.2015 19:48, Matthias Klose wrote:
>>> On 01/23/2015 06:30 PM, Cyd Haselton wrote:
>>>> Related to my earlier question regarding building Python on Android
>>>> and an undefined reference to dlopen error...I have the following
>>>> question:  Is it possible to build and install Python without having
>>>> to build and install...or use...distutils?
>>>> Some background:
>>>> I can build the python interpreter on my device, and I can build a
>>>> bunch of modules.  The problem appears when make reaches the part
>>>> where setup.py is used to build and import modules...specifically when
>>>> setup.py attempts to import distutils.core.
>>> you can do this using Setup.local. This works for me building additional
>>> extensions as builtins.  It might require some tweaking to build everything.
>> You may want to have a look at the Setup files we're using
>> in eGenix PyRun, which uses them to force static builds of the
>> various built-in extensions.
>> Look for these files:
>> PyRun/Runtime/Setup.PyRun-2.7
>> PyRun/Runtime/Setup.PyRun-3.4
>> in the source archives:
>> http://www.egenix.com/products/python/PyRun/
> Do you have a browseable git repo?

No, but we're thinking of mirroring our open-source packages on
Github or Bitbucket.

>>> Otoh, I would like to get rid off the setup.py altogether (/me ducks ...).
>> Why ? It's great for finding stuff on your system and configuring
>> everything without user intervention (well, most of the time :-)).

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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