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Title: get_python_lib() returns incorrect path for site-packages
Type: behavior Stage: resolved
Components: Distutils Versions: Python 3.7, Python 3.6, Python 3.5, Python 2.7
Status: closed Resolution: out of date
Dependencies: Superseder:
Assigned To: Nosy List: dstufft, eric.araujo, sabakauser, steve.dower, steven.daprano
Priority: normal Keywords:

Created on 2019-07-10 09:02 by sabakauser, last changed 2022-04-11 14:59 by admin. This issue is now closed.

Messages (3)
msg347612 - (view) Author: Saba Kauser (sabakauser) Date: 2019-07-10 09:02
I am using get_python_lib() to copy certain data files to site-pacakges location while installation of package ibm_db. I am using this function to execute a command as well on one of the shared library @package install location.
So far, I have faced issue with this function in:
virtual env, anaconda python and with pip cache enabled. 

The source can be found at:

When I run through debugger for python build command, I can see following:
(Pdb) p data_files
[('C:\\Users\\skauser\\Anaconda\\Lib\\site-packages', ['./']), ('C:\\Users\\skauser\\Anaconda\\Lib\\site-packages', ['./CHANGES']), ('C:\\Users\\skauser\\Anaconda\\Lib\\site-packages', ['./LICENSE']), ('C:\\Users\\skauser\\Anaconda\\Lib\\site-packages', ['./'])]

However, in "python install", this folder structure is created:
C:\Users\skauser\Anaconda\Lib\site-packages\users\skauser\appdata\local\programs\python\python37\Lib and no data files are copied.

If I do : "pip install ." from source directory,
The data_files are copied under "c:\users\skauser\anaconda\lib\site-packages\users\skauser\anaconda\lib\site-packages" when the expectation is to have the files copied under "c:\users\skauser\anaconda\lib\site-packages".

Can you please look into this. 
Although this is not a serious problem for platforms other than mac, But on MAC, I am using this same function get_python_lib()to execute a system command and without this working properly, MAC users are unable to use the python ibm_db driver.

This is blocking! Please help.
msg347734 - (view) Author: Steven D'Aprano (steven.daprano) * (Python committer) Date: 2019-07-12 09:33
You say this is a problem affecting *Mac* users, but all of your examples show *Windows* paths. How do you know it affects Macs?

You say that get_python_lib() returns the incorrect path, but you don't show us the output of calling get_python_lib(). If the result from the debugger is to be believed, it is returning the path you expect:


so I'm afraid I don't understand why you think that the problem lies in get_python_lib(). Can you explain?
msg386288 - (view) Author: Steve Dower (steve.dower) * (Python committer) Date: 2021-02-03 18:10
Distutils is now deprecated (see PEP 632) and all tagged issues are being closed. From now until removal, only release blocking issues will be considered for distutils.

If this issue does not relate to distutils, please remove the component and reopen it. If you believe it still requires a fix, most likely the issue should be re-reported at
Date User Action Args
2022-04-11 14:59:17adminsetgithub: 81722
2021-02-03 18:10:56steve.dowersetstatus: open -> closed

nosy: + steve.dower
messages: + msg386288

resolution: out of date
stage: resolved
2019-07-12 09:33:11steven.dapranosetnosy: + steven.daprano
messages: + msg347734
2019-07-10 09:02:54sabakausercreate