[arch-general] python needs /usr/include/?

Rodrigo Rivas rodrigorivascosta at gmail.com
Fri Jul 20 18:36:11 EDT 2012

On Sat, Jul 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM, Rodrigo Rivas <rodrigorivascosta at gmail.com
> wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM, Christian Hesse <list at eworm.de> wrote:
>> Hello everybody,
>> I am creating live media and want to reduce size. After
>> removing /usr/include/ wicd fails to start because of a missing header
>> file.
> Do you know which one is trying to read?
> If not, you could try running it with `strace` to see what it is looking
> for:

Replying to myself, the file it reads is
`/usr/include/python2.7/pyconfig.h`  (for python2).

You can see the relevant code in the deeps of the initialization routines
of the python library, sysconfig.py:

    # load the installed pyconfig.h:
    config_h = get_config_h_filename()
        with open(config_h) as f:
            parse_config_h(f, vars)
    except IOError, e:
        msg = "invalid Python installation: unable to open %s" % config_h
        if hasattr(e, "strerror"):
            msg = msg + " (%s)" % e.strerror
        raise IOError(msg)

It seems to be used to discover the configuration of the current python

Just copying this file to your live media should be enough to make it
happy. Or alternatively, you might modify the sysconfig.py to read the file
from other place (`/usr/lib/python2.7` for example).


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