[Pkg-lirc-maint] Bug#547837: pylirc: manipulates site-packages/ directly, failing with Python 2.6

joss at debian.org joss at debian.org
Tue Sep 22 10:26:04 UTC 2009

Package: pylirc
Version: 0.0.5-1.1
Severity: important
User: debian-python at lists.debian.org
Usertags: python2.6 dist-packages


pylirc is built using the Python distutils mechanism.

Starting from Python 2.6, the installation paths for distutils have
changed. Instead of /usr/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages, the default has
now changed to /usr/local.

The packaging helpers (debhelper, dh, cdbs, python-support,
python-central) will pick automatically these changes, or are being
fixed to do so. However, pylirc seems to do some manipulations in the
site-packages/ directory in its build process.

To fix this issue, the recommended approach is to pass
"--install-layout=deb" to the "python setup.py" invocation. This is
already the default if you use dh - or migrate to dh, which is also

When you do that, modules are installed in
/usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages instead of site-packages. You have
then to either use a *-packages wildcard, or to use
/usr/share/python/python.mk which provides useful functions to
manipulate these directories.


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