Python library installation

Gary E. Miller gem at
Tue Nov 7 20:59:17 UTC 2017

Yo Hal!

On Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:57:29 -0800
Hal Murray <hmurray at> wrote:

> > Simple, Distro installed stuff goes in /usr.  User installed stuff
> > goes in / usr/local/.  Nice clean separation.  Been taht way since
> > I learned UNIX in the early 1980's.   
> If it was as simple as that, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Many simple things that people do not understand, or misunderstand.

Galileo said some simple to understand things, things a kindergardener
can understand, but it turned out badly for Galileo.

> If stuff goes into /usr/local/, what do I have to do in order to use
> it?  I think there are two cases: a typical user typing on their
> terminal, and the sysadmin who wants his system to use it.

Basically the library, executable, python, and maybe miscellaneous paths
need to be setup to look in /usr/local.  Any admin that compiles his own
software did that when he first installed his distro.

Not changed in 50 years.  Long settled standard, for long settled
reasaons.  Just another hacker detail newbies gotta deal with.

> I think the problem area causing troubles was that PYTHONPATH was
> required and/or some people were trying to avoid that.

Yeah, so instead they made it impossible for me to dual install both
system ntpd and git ntpd.   If a new app pulls in the system nptd, after
you install your git ntpd, then the real fun begins.  Been there, done that,
no thanks.  A support nightmare worse than testing people how to set PATH

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