Understanding .pth in site-packages

Josh English Joshua.R.English at gmail.com
Sat Aug 27 13:57:01 EDT 2011


Yes, the proper path should be c:\dev\XmlDB, which has the setup.py, xmldb subfolder, the docs subfolder, and example subfolder, and the other text files proscribed by the package development folder.

I could only get it to work, though, by renaming the xmldb folder in the site-packages directory, and deleting the egg file created in the site-packages directory. 

Why the egg file, which doesn't list any paths, would interfere I do not know.

But with those changes, the xmldb.pth file is being read.

So I think the preferred search order is:

1. a folder in the site-packages directory
2. an Egg file (still unsure why)
3. A .pth file

It's a strange juju that I haven't figured out yet. 

Thanks for the hint.


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