ubuntu dist-packages

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Wed Aug 26 12:30:22 CEST 2009

I was surprised a couple of days ago when trying to assist a colleage with his 
python setup on a ubuntu 9.04 system.

We built our c-extensions and manually copied them into place, but site-packages 
wasn't there. It seems that ubuntu now wants stuff to go into 

What is the relation between dist-packages/site-packages if any? Is this just a 
name change or is there some other problem being addressed?

For developers is it best just to create one's own private installations from 
the original tarballs?
Robin Becker

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