user site-packages, --prefix, --home and friends

Carl tg2.user at
Mon Mar 23 19:08:42 CET 2009

I am very confused by PEP-370 per-user site-packages. It is not
mentioned at all in the document about installing Python modules :

It seems that --home or --prefix already provide per-user site-
packages capability. Can someone explain what are the differences and
what is the best practice in various situations?

Thanks, Carl

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