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From "Josh Kupershmidt (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Created: (MODPYTHON-252) mod_python install forces Python libraries into system-wide install directory
Date Sun, 28 Sep 2008 23:18:44 GMT
mod_python install forces Python libraries into system-wide install directory

                 Key: MODPYTHON-252
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MODPYTHON-252
             Project: mod_python
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: core
    Affects Versions: 3.3.1
         Environment: Tested on Linux, with mod_python 3.3.1
            Reporter: Josh Kupershmidt
            Priority: Minor
             Fix For: 3.3.1

I need to have mod_python installed as an unprivileged user. I have Apache installed as an
unprivileged user, to directory


And I need mod_python.so installed to 


The arguments I pass to ./configure are:

./configure --with-apache=/home/user/apache/2.0.63/ --prefix=/home/user/apache/2.0.63/modules/
--with-python=/directory/to/system-wide/install/of/python --with-apxs=/home/user/apache/2.0.63/bin

This all works fine for installing mod_python.so into Apache's modules directory. However,
the Python libraries are being forced into /directory/to/system-wide/install/of/python/lib/python2.5/site-packages.
I really want these Python libraries installed into /home/user/libraries/

I've tracked the problem, and my somewhat kludgy workaround, down to ./dist/Makefile.in. The
following lines in ./dist/Makefile.in note that root privileges may be required:

# this may require root priviledges
install_py_lib: mod_python src
        @cd src; $(MAKE) psp_parser.c
        if test -z "$(DESTDIR)" ; then \
                export LDFLAGS="-L$(PYTHON_LIBDIR)" ; $(PYTHON_BIN) setup.py install  --optimize
2 --force ; \
        else \
                export LDFLAGS="-L$(PYTHON_LIBDIR)" ; $(PYTHON_BIN) setup.py install --optimize
2 --force --root $(DESTDIR) ; \

To get around the requirement for installing the Python libraries system-wide, I simply added
--prefix=/home/user/libraries/  after "setup.py install" in the above lines as a workaround.

Note that the $DESTDIR variable in the above lines does not do what I want: I tried manually
setting DESTDIR, but it forced the entire mod_python install (of mod_python.so, as well as
the Python libraries) into subdirectories of /home/user/libraries. It also screwed up any
other installs (e.g. httpd) done at the same time which also depend on the DESTDIR environment
variable, if exported globally. 

I recommend a ./configure flag be added to allow the user to specify which directory the mod_python
Python libraries should be installed into, and perhaps a note about setting PYTHONPATH appropriately.

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