[reportlab-users] ReportLab 3.x packaging and deployment

Marius Gedminas marius at gedmin.as
Tue Jan 14 07:08:02 EST 2014

On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 11:19:01AM +0000, Andy Robinson wrote:

> On 14 January 2014 11:00, Marius Gedminas <marius at gedmin.as> wrote:

> > It would be awesome if I could sudo apt-get install python-reportlab and

> > then somehow make it available in selected virtualenvs, but that's a

> > discussion for another list.


> Dumb questions but can't you...


> 1. sudo apt-get install python-reportlab

> 2. create a virtualenv with no site packages

> 3. make a symlink from the venv's site-packages to the system reportlab?


But I generally find

sudo apt-get build-dep python-reportlab

and then building form source simpler. (Because I have build scripts
that create the virtualenv and pip install -r requirements.txt for me,
and I don't want to put hacks in the middle of those scripts, and I have
no way to pause the script so I could run a custom command after
virtualenv creation but before pip install tries to pull in ReportLab
via some dependency chain.)

> I concluded long ago that pip can't do everything. All of our web

> projects (and we have a LOT) have a shell script at the top level to

> build/rebuild the environment. So we can check if a symlink exists

> and create one if it's missing, and do other "procedural" stuff.

I tend to have Makefiles to build virtualenvs on demand etc. It helps
that I never have to deploy on Windows.

> A requirements.txt which specifies all dependencies is a wonderful

> thing to have anyway. And pip is happy enough for pure when you add a

> couple more pure Python packages to tour requirements in an existing

> project overnight. But it needs a lot of 'nursing through'. Right

> now I'm working on someone else's financial app needing matplotlib,

> scipy (hence fortran), tables (hence HDF5 which absolutely demands a

> local source build inside the venv) etc etc.

Numpy/scipy are a bit special, but sudo apt-get build-dep helps a lot.

I think people (especially scientists who need things like Numpy/Scipy)
are recommending Conda as a solution for prebuilt binary packages that
match your platform exactly. I haven't had a chance to try it yet.

Marius Gedminas
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