[Pythonmac-SIG] Distutils for research?

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Tue Dec 13 20:28:14 CET 2005

On Dec 13, 2005, at 11:20 AM, Louis Pecora wrote:

> Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> On Dec 13, 2005, at 10:39 AM, Louis Pecora wrote:
>>> I will be honest and admit I do not grok disutils.  I sense power
>>> there,
>>> but have not had the guts nor time to explore it.  If you have a   
>>> simple
>>> example that is easy to send, please do.  Since I will probably be
>>> doing
>>> more and more with Python, I am trying to expose myself to useful
>>> branches of the Python world without becoming overwhelmed.
>> You need to understand distutils, or your experience developing
>> Python extensions will be extremely painful.  distutils is not at all
>> difficult.  The documentation is pretty good, and you can always look
>> at the thousands of setup.py files out there written by other Python
>> developers.  Pick a project similar to yours and use its setup.py as
>> a template.
>> Or, you can do everything manually and live a painful existence...
>> especially because the correct linker flags and compiler options are
>> a mile long on Mac OS X and totally different than those from any
>> other platform.
>> -bob
> Bob or anyone,
> I have started to look over distutils, but a question immediately  
> comes
> to mind.   With the idea of trying to avoid learning what I don't  
> need,
> I gotta ask:
> Is distutils more for distributing packages/modules than developing?

No, it solves both problems.  One of these two will become very  
familiar to you:

python setup.py build_ext -i

(if using setuptools)
python setup.py develop


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