running distutils installer without admin on windows

Discussion in 'Python' started by timothy.williams, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. Hello all.

    We don't have admin privs on our Windows boxes, but I'd like to be able
    to install a package built using distutils. I was able to install
    Python without admin, but when I tried to run the installer for this
    package I'm trying to install, I get a message saying that I need admin

    Is there a way around this? Why can't it just put things in
    C:\Python23\Lib\site-packages like a good little installer?

    Do I need to put a service call in to our admins to do this?

    timothy.williams, Jun 8, 2005
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  2. timothy.williams

    Jesper Olsen Guest

    You can use the --home switch to specify a local directory to install
    in, e.g.:

    % python install --home=.

    Jesper Olsen, Jun 8, 2005
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  3. I didn't build the installer, someone else did. I did get the source
    and installed cygwin to see if I could recreate it; at least build the
    library, but when I tried to do a build_ext I got a message saying I
    needed to have the .NET SDK installed.
    timothy.williams, Jun 8, 2005
  4. You could at least open the installer exe in winzip or a similar tool,
    and unpack it manually to the site-packages directory.


    PS: I *think* that the distutils from newer Python versions (2.4.1 and
    2.3.5) create installers that can also run without admin rights.
    Thomas Heller, Jun 8, 2005
  5. I found out how to build it with Cygwin

    python build --compiler=mingw32 bdist

    I can then unzip the zip file it creates and put it in site-packages.

    It looks like I can install a bdist_wininst installer with Python 2.4,
    but not 2.3.5
    (without admin).
    timothy.williams, Jun 9, 2005
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