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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Installers

From: David Grant
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Installers
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2005 00:38:58 -0700
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Sebastian Hilbert wrote:

>Actually no. :-)
>There will be packages if someone packages GNUmed. This person makes the 
>decision. Another person might disagree and package GNUmed with another 
>technology. It's about doing it not making decisions. One thing I have 
>learned about GNUmed is that you can only make decisions for yourself. You 
>can make it as easy as it gets for other people to do your work. It simply 
>won't happen :-) 
I agree. Personally I think all python programs should be packaged with
distutils, so that in the end there is a graphical installer for
windows, and a command line installer for linux, which looks like:

python build (not always necessary and probably wouldn't be for
us, since we have to C code AFAIK)
python install

The install accepts other arguments. This is how most python
programs work and it seems to work very well. Mind you I have seen some
excellent python programs which did not use distutils but made their own script, without importing distutils methods. Linux distro
packagers just unzip the tarball and then run " intstall" with
proper arguments for that distro. I tried to get this working before,
but then stopped. It might be worth looking into again. BTW, I think the
windows gui installer stuff can be produced using distutils by doing
something like python build_dist_win...

David J. Grant

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