Python libs on Debian/Raspbian

Gary E. Miller gem at
Wed Dec 20 23:00:13 UTC 2017

Yo Richard!

I think our emails crossed in flight.  Neither --prefix, nor DESTDIR
affect the generated and installed files.

So stop thinking of them as different things, they just combine, in
(as just proven) non-obvious and sometime broken wayw.

BUT DO NOT affect the generated and installed files.

On Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:52:40 -0600
Richard Laager <rlaager at> wrote:

> On 12/20/2017 01:58 PM, Gary E. Miller via devel wrote:
> > When I use DESTDIR, I feel I am 'configuring'.  
> ./waf configure --prefix=/usr
> ./waf install --destdir=debian/tmp
> Note that destdir appears at install time, not configure time.

I'm not says it could not be done, but the way I use DESTDIR, it is a
configure time.

export DESTDIR=debian/tmp
./waf configure --prefix=/usr
./waf install

But, the outcome of my tests: --prefix=/usr has ABSOLUTELY NOT EFFECT
on the installed files!  Just where they get installed.

So an intersting diversion, but of no consequence to the current
discussion of WHERE to install things and HOW to tell the distro
were to find things.

Gary E. Miller Rellim 109 NW Wilmington Ave., Suite E, Bend, OR 97703
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