Python package guidelines

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Template:Package Guidelines Writing PKGBUILDs for software written in Python.

Package naming

For libraries, use python-modulename. For applications, use the program name. In either case, the package name should be entirely lowercase.

Python 2 libraries should instead be named python2-modulename.

File placement

Most Python packages are installed with the distutils system using, which installs files under /usr/lib/python<python version>/site-packages/pkgname directory.


The --optimize=1 parameter compiles .pyo files so they can be tracked by pacman.

In most cases, you should put any in the arch array since most Python packages are architecture independent.

Please do not install a directory named just tests, as it easily conflicts with other Python packages (for example, /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/tests/).


An example PKGBUILD can be found here or at /usr/share/pacman/PKGBUILD-python.proto, which is in the abs package.