[XML-SIG] broken install of PyXML-0.8.2 on darwin

Martina Oefelein Martina@Oefelein.de
Thu, 6 Mar 2003 22:07:58 +0100

Hi Martin

> It's relatively unlikely that I implement that change. For every PyXML 
> release for the last two years, somebody said that it won't work on 
> Darwin, and proposed a change to make it work. I implemented that 
> change, and then in the next release, somebody else said that the 
> previous solution doesn't work, and proposed something else.
> So unless I get a specific patch with elaboration why a certain setup 
> is the right thing, and an email address I can put into setup.py, I'm 
> unwilling to make any changes I cannot test.

OK, so I'll elaborate:

When trying to run setup.py, you get this error:
[iBook:~/Desktop/PyXML-0.8.2] martina% python setup.py build
Traceback (most recent call last):
   File "setup.py", line 58, in ?
     if sys.platform[:6] == "darwin" and \
NameError: name 'distutils' is not defined
[iBook:~/Desktop/PyXML-0.8.2] martina%

The offending code is:
if sys.platform[:6] == "darwin" and \
== -1:
     # Mac OS X

This fails due to two trivial and obvious errors:
(a) there is no "import distutils", instead in line 11:
	from distutils.sysconfig import get_config_vars
(b) the wrong function is imported (get_config_vars instead of 

The proposed patch fixes both (a) and (b). After this patch it builds, 
albeit with a bunch of warnings (tested with the original Apple python 
on MacOS X 10.2.4)