Distributing Python Apps on Linux\BSD

PurpleServerMonkey PurpleServerMonkey at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 09:45:37 CET 2008

On Mar 22, 2:26 am, Miki <miki.teb... at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> Disclaimer: I'm not an expert on the subject.
> > Setuptools and friends seem to be focused on distributing modules, I'm
> > at the other end of the scale where I want to distribute an entire
> > application so that an Administrator can run a single install and have
> > a fully operational product. A key requirement is that I want the
> > application to fit in with what and admin would expect an application
> > to look like at the system level i.e site-packages like structures
> > aren't suitable.
> You do that with distutils as well.
> > So far I've thought of using a configure script and make which would
> > call some custom python installer script to do the actual install. It
> > fits in nicely with what I want to achieve but are there any better
> > options out there, how are others doing the same thing?
> Every distro flavor has it's own installer: apt/deb, rpm, port, ...
> On Windows you can use one of the free installer (InnoSetup and
> friends).
> HTH,
> --
> Miki <miki.teb... at gmail.com>http://pythonwise.blogspot.com

Well I'm not really interested in rpms or deb packages right now, I
want to get it to the point where it will run on BSD and Linux without
using distribution specific tools. Using a tarball or the standard
python tools would be best.

The problem is all the documentation surrounding distutils and
setuptools refers to modules, now I'm not sure why but it seems most
Python developers think an application is the same thing as a module.
Unless you are writing very small applications that's definitely not
the case.

So I guess the question is, using distutils or setuptools is it
possible for a user to select where to install the application i.e /
If not then I think it's going to be tarball deployment with a custom
setup script, was hoping there was a better way.

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