I need to have mod_python installed as an unprivileged user. I have Apache installed as an unprivileged user, to directory
And I need mod_python.so installed to
The arguments I pass to ./configure are:
./configure --with-apache=/home/user/apache/2.0.63/ --prefix=/home/user/apache/2.0.63/modules/ --with-python=/directory/to/system-wide/install/of/python --with-apxs=/home/user/apache/2.0.63/bin
This all works fine for installing mod_python.so into Apache's modules directory. However, the Python libraries are being forced into /directory/to/system-wide/install/of/python/lib/python2.5/site-packages. I really want these Python libraries installed into /home/user/libraries/
I've tracked the problem, and my somewhat kludgy workaround, down to ./dist/Makefile.in. The following lines in ./dist/Makefile.in note that root privileges may be required:
- this may require root priviledges
install_py_lib: mod_python src
@cd src; $(MAKE) psp_parser.c
if test -z "$(DESTDIR)" ; then \
export LDFLAGS="-L$(PYTHON_LIBDIR)" ; $(PYTHON_BIN) setup.py install --optimize 2 --force ; \
export LDFLAGS="-L$(PYTHON_LIBDIR)" ; $(PYTHON_BIN) setup.py install --optimize 2 --force --root $(DESTDIR) ; \
To get around the requirement for installing the Python libraries system-wide, I simply added --prefix=/home/user/libraries/ after "setup.py install" in the above lines as a workaround.
Note that the $DESTDIR variable in the above lines does not do what I want: I tried manually setting DESTDIR, but it forced the entire mod_python install (of mod_python.so, as well as the Python libraries) into subdirectories of /home/user/libraries. It also screwed up any other installs (e.g. httpd) done at the same time which also depend on the DESTDIR environment variable, if exported globally.
I recommend a ./configure flag be added to allow the user to specify which directory the mod_python Python libraries should be installed into, and perhaps a note about setting PYTHONPATH appropriately.