Re: [dev] Suckless (*NIX|*BSD) Distribution?

From: Thomas Gallen <>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 10:28:58 -0400

> On Sat, Jun 20, 2009 at 10:02 AM, Thomas Gallen<> wrote:
> > Are you referring to manual installation of packages or using the
> > package management system to install packages in alternate locations? If
> > it's the latter:
> I develop software for a production system that is often lagging
> behind the mainstream. So, on my laptop and desktop I often have to
> build older versions of Python, Django, sqlite, etc., to match what's
> in production. To do that I just build custom versions of Python like
> ./configure --prefix=$HOME/my/custom/location
> I've had issues with getting python-sqlite working on Gentoo though,
> with anything but the version packaged in the portage tree. The
> pysqlite2 developers weren't much help.

Has setting PYTHONPATH/the module search path not worked out when you
changed it? I think the search path precedence is current directory,
then PYTHONPATH, then the default module search path. If that's not
working then there's something strange happening there...

> > If it's the former though, I've always just created a directory
> > somewhere as a sandbox and created a file in /etc/env.d to set up my
> > path, library locations, etc.
> I almost need multiple boxes to target each release I'm working on,
> but I can't afford that, so I have scripts to set up environment
> variables to pick the correct install of Python.

That's what I do. ^_^; Guilty as charged.

> Mike
> --
> Michael P. Soulier <>
> "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a
> touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
> --Albert Einstein
Received on Sat Jun 20 2009 - 14:28:58 UTC

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