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Release of GNU pyconfigure 0.1

Item posted by Brandon Invergo <brandon> on Mon 26 Nov 2012 09:08:44 PM UTC.

I'm happy to announce the first release of GNU pyconfigure.

GNU pyconfigure is a set of template files for Python developers to use to easily implement the standard GNU configure/install process for their packages. The standard GNU process generally consists of two familiar steps:

    $ ./configure --prefix=/usr
    $ make install

By using the templates provided by GNU pyconfigure, the Python developer gains the power and flexibility of the time-tested, language-agnostic GNU installation process, while the user or software packager encounters a familiar and convenient interface.

GNU pyconfigure is designed to work either alongside or in place of the Python `distutils' module's script. In fact, it even includes a template script which is populated by the configure script.

To learn more and to read the documentation, visit the website at:

You may download the release from
or from the nearest mirror at

Version 0.1 of GNU pyconfigure already provides a very useable set-up, ready to customize, consisting of:

- an Autoconf script, just fill in your project's name and version and run autoconf and you'll have a configure script that is sufficient for basic Python packages
- a robust set of powerful Autoconf macros to extend to match your project's needs
- A that provides all of the standard Make targets, surpassing what is offered by It also allows you to install to a Virtualenv rather than a system directory.
- Template distutils files: and, both required for distributing packages on the Python Package Index (PyPI)

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