Date: 2010-05-03 11:08:37 +0000 (Mon, 03 May 2010)
update README as we use setuptools for setup if present
--- trunk/README.txt 2010-05-03 10:50:48 UTC (rev 311)
+++ trunk/README.txt 2010-05-03 11:08:37 UTC (rev 312)
@@ -58,8 +58,10 @@
2. Extract the archive to a temporary directory.
-3. Install by changing to the directory and typing "python setup.py
+3. Install by changing to the directory and typing
+ python setup.py install
+ This installs via setuptools if available otherwise distutils.
+ The install via setuptools installs an egg package.
@@ -68,17 +70,23 @@
<http://www.gnuplot.info>. You also need a copy of the numpy package, which
is available from the Scipy group at <http://www.scipy.org/Download>.
-Gnuplot.py uses Python distutils
+Gnuplot.py uses Python setuptools if available, otherwise distutils
<http://www.python.org/doc/current/inst/inst.html> and can be
installed by untarring the package, changing into the top-level
-directory, and typing "python setup.py install". The Gnuplot.py
-package is pure Python--no compilation is necessary.
+directory, and typing "python setup.py install" with sufficient privileges.
+The Gnuplot.py package is pure Python--no compilation is necessary.
-Gnuplot.py is structured as a python package. That means that it
-installs itself as a subdirectory called `Gnuplot' under a directory
-of your python path (usually site-packages). If you don't want to use
-distutils you can just move the main Gnuplot.py directory there and
-rename it to "Gnuplot".
+Gnuplot.py is structured as a python package. Via setuptools this installs
+as an egg package (use unzip -t egg_name.egg to check content).
+If you want to install in a subdirectory as distutils does, you can use
+eg the install command (change path as needed)
+"sudo python setup.py install --single-version-externally-managed --root / "
+or add the option zip_safe=False to setup in setup.py.
+On Debian based systems add to above command the option "--install-layout=deb"
+After install, a package `Gnuplot' is present (as egg or as subdirectory
+under a directory of your python path (usually dist-packages).
+If you don't want to use setup.py you can just move the main Gnuplot.py
+directory there and rename it to "Gnuplot".
There are some configuration options that can be set near the top of
the platform-dependent files gp-unix.py (Unix), gp_mac.py (Macintosh),
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