The setup script is the centre of all activity in building,
distributing, and installing modules using the Distutils. The main
purpose of the setup script is to describe your module distribution to
the Distutils, so that the various commands that operate on your modules
do the right thing. As we saw in section
Here's a slightly more involved example, which we'll follow for the next couple of sections: the Distutils' own setup script. (Keep in mind that although the Distutils are included with Python 1.6 and later, they also have an independent existence so that Python 1.5.2 users can use them to install other module distributions. The Distutils' own setup script, shown here, is used to install the package into Python 1.5.2.)
#!/usr/bin/env python from distutils.core import setup setup (name = "Distutils", version = "1.0", description = "Python Distribution Utilities", author = "Greg Ward", author_email = "email@example.com", url = "http://www.python.org/sigs/distutils-sig/", packages = ['distutils', 'distutils.command'], )
Note that any pathnames (files or directories) supplied in the setup script should be written using the Unix convention, i.e. slash-separated. The Distutils will take care of converting this platform-neutral representation into whatever is appropriate on your current platform before actually using the pathname. This makes your setup script portable across operating systems, which of course is one of the major goals of the Distutils. In this spirit, all pathnames in this document are slash-separated (Mac OS programmers should keep in mind that the absence of a leading slash indicates a relative path, the opposite of the Mac OS convention with colons).