Re: how to install python applications
We encourage an application's modules to be installed privately when
they won't be of any use to other modules / applications.
so what is the preferred way to make the programs find their modules,
* put the main python file in /usr/share/my_package/ and symlink it
from /usr/bin (as it is done in themole), relying on python to resolve
the symlink and find the required modules next to the invoked file
* have a "import sys; sys.path.append('/usr/share/my_program'); import
my_main; my_main.run()" main wrapper in /usr/bin/
Choosing between these two is largely a matter of taste. The first one
is usually less work, so I prefer it.
* some distutils/distribute/distutils2 magic i'm not aware of
None that I'm aware. ISTR somebody claimed that distutils2 was supposed
to have some magic for this, but I can't see anything obvious in the
and, unless it's the third option: is there an elegant way to integrate
that with packages that are already proper (in a python sense) packages
and have a setup.py?
Two possible ways that come to mind:
1) python setup.py install --root=debian/foo --install-lib=/usr/share/foo --install-scripts=/usr/share/foo
2) Ignore setup.py completely and use dh_install to move stuff into
(In both cases things get a bit hairy if a script has the name as Python