Python libs on Debian/Raspbian

Achim Gratz Stromeko at
Tue Dec 19 10:19:00 UTC 2017

Gary E. Miller via devel writes:
> Whoa!  Hold up right there.  waf has absolutely nothing to do with
> #1 above in any binary distro.  To prepare a package for a binary distro
> the maintainer actually does a #3, then puts the binaries, man pages,
> config files, etc. into a distro spacific package file.

Not in my world, but that doesn't mean such things wouldn't exist.
Practically all build systems I'm familiar with do a "system install",
but point the root of that install to some empty space via DESTDIR.
Years ago (IIRC, I believe) someone wanted to get rid of DESTDIR by
using an overlay mount of some sort to capture the transactions on one
system to play it back on another, but that went nowhere I can find.
But that general idea is pretty much alive in the VM and
containerisation space.

> We need it because when the maintainer builds a binary package he
> first does a #3 (local install.

I'd be curious to see such a system because I can't even begin to
understand how it would work in reality.

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