Distutils vs. Extension header files

vincent wehren vincent at visualtrans.de
Fri Dec 10 05:47:30 CET 2004

Mike Meyer wrote:
> I've got a package that includes an extension that has a number of
> header files in the directory with the extension. They are specified
> as "depends = [...]" in the Extension class. However, Distutils
> doesn't seem to do anything with them.
> If I do an sdist, the include files aren't added to the tarball.

IIRC you need to add a MANIFEST.IN file to get non-Python files 
(including those already referenced in your setup.py) in the mix. You'll 
propably need a MANIFEST.IN looking something like the following:

include *.txt
include MANIFEST.in
include setup.py
include setup.cfg

recursive-include src *.c *.h
recursive-include docs *.html *.css *.gif *.jpg *.txt

prune someolddir


Vincent Wehren

> If I do a bdist_rpm, the source files get copied into the build
> directory and the build starts, but the header files aren't copied
> with the source file, so the build fails with a missing header file.
> I find it hard to believe that this is a bug in distutils, so I'd
> appreciate it if someone could tell me what I'm doing wrong.
>            Thanks,
>            <mike

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