Preparing for a point release

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Tue Dec 5 15:52:04 UTC 2017

Ian Bruene via devel <devel at>:
> On 12/05/2017 08:24 AM, Eric S. Raymond via devel wrote:
> >* "Install failure on gentoo Stable" (#417) and "Python site packages
> >installed in wrong location" (#414). Ian has a WIP patch to fix this;
> >it needs to be finished and landed.
> I currently do not have any handle on #417. I know where the issue is most
> likely to be, but do not know how to truly fix the problem short of whipping
> up a completely new build-path-finder (say goodbye to a ntpsnmpd in an early
> January 1.1 if this happens).

This is more important than that feature.  We can easily defer ntpsnmpd to 1.2.

> #414 is a simple - if hacky - fix. The problem is figuring out how to
> trigger the fix at the right times and no others. The other day rlaager made
> a suggestion:
> 18:21 < rlaager> ianbruene: You could switch based on $prefix == '/usr'
> The problem with this is that there are four possible situations, not 2:
> Distro Install: /usr/lib/python<ver>/dist-packages
> Distro Install, pip: /usr/lib/python<ver>/site-packages
> User Install, pip: /usr/local/python<ver>/dist-packages
> User Install: /usr/local/python<ver>/site-packages
> Distinguishing between Distro/User is easy enough; rlaager's suggestion
> works. But I don't know how to detect the other switch.

I'm not clear why we care about the pip cases.  Our job is to do a user
install on default prefix (/usr/local), and a distro insrtall on prefix /usr.
If we can do that, how are we not finished with this problem?
		<a href="">Eric S. Raymond</a>

My work is funded by the Internet Civil Engineering Institute:
Please visit their site and donate: the civilization you save might be your own.

More information about the devel mailing list