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5.2.1 (distutils)

If you did not specify --prefer-make, will be a wrapper around the functionality of the Python script. For a basic program, no great amount of customization of this file will be necessary. The file contains many comments, which introduce its various sections.

By default, the file supports installing to a Virtualenv, depending on whether the user has specified to do so when running configure. You will likely not have to change the “install” recipe. If you have other files to install, it is recommended to create new targets to install them, and to add those targets as prerequisites to the “install” target. For example, if you have extra data files to install, you might create a “install-data” target and corresponding recipe, and then add “install-data” as a prerequisite to “install”:

     install: installdirs install-data

If you do install more files, be sure that they are properly removed when the user runs make uninstall by modifying the recipe for the “uninstall” target. Note that, at this time, Python's distutils does not have its own “uninstall” target, so this must be done manually.

If you intend to produce source distributions via the Makefile, which is more flexible than doing so via, it is important to modify the DIST_FILES variable located near the top of Any file or directory you list there will be included in your source distribution.

Finally, you may write recipes to build your package's documentation, which may not be covered by your script. How you accomplish this is highly dependent upon how you have organized your documentation sources. One example of how you might do it is included in the, commented-out at the end.