[Twisted-Python] Progress report on splitting packages

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Tue Apr 20 18:01:57 EDT 2004

On Apr 20, 2004, at 5:41 PM, Christopher Armstrong wrote:

> Fred L. Drake, Jr. wrote:
>> On Tuesday 20 April 2004 01:09 pm, exarkun at divmod.com wrote:
>>  >   I mentioned "distutils tricks" a couple times.  So far I have 
>> heard both
>>  > that distutils can and cannot do this.  I suspect that it can, but 
>> I would
>>  > like to hear details on how this would work.  In particular, I 
>> would like
>> from distutils.core import setup
>> setup(packages=["twisted.foo"],
>>       package_dir={"twisted.foo": "twisted_foo"}, # or wherever in 
>> the dist.
>>       ...)
>>  > to know whether "twisted.foo" would exist before the "foo" project 
>> was
>>  > installed, and if it would, both what it would consist of and how 
>> it would
>>  > be treated when twisted core is being upgraded after the "foo" 
>> project has
>>  > been installed (can it cleanly avoid overwriting things?).
>> Whether it exists depends on whether the Twisted core includes a 
>> package of the same name; I wouldn't include it unless it's part of 
>> the core.
>> If the "core" includes the twisted package (pure container or not), 
>> upgrading it does not affect child packages that aren't distributed 
>> as part of the twisted core.  So if you install twisted 1.1, 
>> twisted.foo 1.2, then twisted 1.3, you have the core at 1.3 and 
>> twisted.foo at 1.2.
> Well, this isn't quite a problem any more, since we're going to put 
> stuff in 'tmlabs' instead of 'twisted' (according to the obvious favor 
> from posters to this thread). However, what do you think the best way 
> to make the 'tmlabs' top-level exist would be? I figure we can just 
> put an empty 'tmlabs' directory right next to 'twisted' in our Twisted 
> core package, containing only an empty __init__.py. setup.py could 
> install it, and for people hacking out of SVN instead of using actual 
> installations (for the developers of these projects), I'll write a 
> little .pth file that makes this sane.

Well, instead of being empty, the __init__.py could have a really nice 
docstring that says why it exists and how to get subpackages for it, 
etc.  :)


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