[Twisted-Python] plugins.tml and distutils

Kevin Turner acapnotic at twistedmatrix.com
Thu Oct 3 05:13:10 EDT 2002

Ok, so to get my package's plugins.tml installed correctly, I had to put
this in my setup.py::

    from distutils.command.install_data import install_data
    class install_data_twisted(install_data):
        """make sure data files are installed in package.
        this is evil.
        copied from Twisted/setup.py.
        def finalize_options(self):
                ('install_lib', 'install_dir')

and add this argument to my setup() call:

    cmdclass={'install_data': install_data_twisted}

In summary, to distribute a package using Twisted, I had to cut 'n paste
a hack from a Twisted source file (not one you'll find in an
installation) that fools with underdocumented distutils features which I
don't understand...  and now it's in my code, so I have to deal with it
if its evilness breaks something/is broken.

Not fully having got the swing of distutils yet, I don't really know
what to do about it.  Can we at least have this install_data defined in
twisted.screwwithotherpackages.distutils module or something, so I can
import it instead of pasting it, thus allowing Twisted to maintain it
instead of me?

(ohyeah.  that's in addition to putting plugins.tml in MANIFEST.in *and*
the data_files list.)


 - Kevin

The moon is waning crescent, 16.1% illuminated, 25.6 days old.
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