distutils and Debian (was Re: newbie question)

Eric Brewer brewer at cs.berkeley.edu
Sat Oct 9 21:36:28 CEST 2004

Michael Hoffman wrote:
> Eric Brewer wrote:
>> I just installed Python on a Debian (testing) box and it generally 
>> works fine, but it can't find distutils.core:
> For some reason, some distributions split up the Python standard library 
> and put things like distutils into a python-dev package or something 
> similar. I think Debian does this, try apt-get python-dev and see if it 
> works (my apologies if I get that totally wrong, since I am only 
> parroting numerous Slashdot posts).
> Personally I only see the point of this for systems with extreme space 
> requirements, and maybe not even then. Would anyone like to argue 
> differently?

It is in python-dev.  I installed it and that solved the problem.



>  > 1) Where should distutils be?  (This 2.3.4, so I think it is a 
> standard module.)
> $ python
> Python 2.3.4 (#1, Jun 13 2004, 11:21:03)
> [GCC 3.3.1 (cygming special)] on cygwin
> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>  >>> import distutils
>  >>> distutils.__file__
> '/usr/lib/python2.3/distutils/__init__.pyc'
>  > 2) Is there any see if "dist*" is anywhere on the path?
> The easiest way to do this will probably be to write something in Python 
> since there is always the possibility of a zip file being in your path.

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