27.1. distutils — Building and installing Python modules
The distutils package provides support for building and installing
additional modules into a Python installation. The new modules may be either
100%-pure Python, or may be extension modules written in C, or may be
collections of Python packages which include modules coded in both Python and C.
This package is discussed in two separate chapters:
- Distributing Python Modules
- The manual for developers and packagers of Python modules. This describes how
to prepare distutils-based packages so that they may be easily
installed into an existing Python installation.
- Installing Python Modules
- An “administrators” manual which includes information on installing modules into
an existing Python installation. You do not need to be a Python programmer to
read this manual.