[Pythonmac-SIG] PackMan - in defence of Python code in the database

Jack Jansen Jack.Jansen at cwi.nl
Fri Oct 10 05:22:10 EDT 2003

I started working on a PackMan database for Panther yesterday, and I
ran into two cases that I think I couldn't have solved without the 
to run Python code from the database:

1. binary distributions are specific to the install location of Python,
    they're basically tar files. So, a binary distribution for 
    is different from a binary distribution for JackJansen-MacPython.
    We work around this for per-user installs, but at a cost (such as C 
    files not being installed). So, I needed a new test to see where 
    was pointing.
2. In Apple-installed Python sys.prefix/include/python2.3 is root-owned 
    readonly. This makes installers like Numeric fail (which want to 
write there).
    So I needed a new test for this (with the description being an 
    of the unix commands to run to fix this).

All of these could have been handled in pimp itself, of course, but pimp
is already out there, as distributed by Apple...
Jack Jansen, <Jack.Jansen at cwi.nl>, http://www.cwi.nl/~jack
If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution -- Emma 

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