User:Toshio/Unbundling Python Modules
Here are some ways that you can unbundle python modules. Remember that upstreams usually feel they have a reason to bundle libraries so we need to offer them solutions that satisfy their concerns while also allowing us to unbundle for maintainance and security reasons.
When upstream considers the module an implementation detail and not something that software outside of their module should be importing we have more flexibility in how to fix things.
This example can be used when upstream just wants to make sure that a copy of a library is available (bundling is a "just in case this library is not installed"). In the rpm specfile we'll specify the
Requires that pulls in the library and therefore we'll use the system library and not the bundled code.
try: from system.library import foo except ImportError: from bundled._copy import foo
Sometimes upstream will claim that they are also making sure that the library has a compatible API or is of a recent enough version to have a bugfix. When this occurs we should make sure that our packages have the bugfix or required version and do something like this:
try: from system.library import foo if foo.__version_info__ < (1, 0): foo = None except ImportError: foo = None if not foo: from bundled._copy import foo
If there's no way to check whether the version matches (or test for the feature), we can actually remove the bundled code from the filesystem and submit code like this upstream:
try: from bundled._copy import foo except ImportError: from system.library import foo
The bundled copy will be used by people who just download upstream's code. In the Fedora package, since we've removed the bundled/_copy it will fail to load the bundle and load the system lib instead.
Sometimes upstream considers the code to be part of their public API. Upstream expects people to do
from bundled.copy import foo in their code. This case has a less options for taking care of it.
Let's say that
bundled.copy is a single python file that looks like this:
# File: bundled/copy.py class foo(object): pass
There's a variety of ways we can make this use a system lib in preference. This does the change in a single file and is appropriate when the bundled copy is small:
# File: bundled/copy.py try: from system.library import foo except ImportError: class foo(object): pass
A slight variant on the above can be used if upstream wants to do something like unittest the bundled code. By always defining foo (but as a private class) unittests can access the bundled code when necessary but normal code will use the system library:
# File: bundled/copy.py try: from system.library import foo except ImportError: foo = None class _foo(object): pass if not foo: foo = _foo
When a module is large, reindenting the whole file (or files) may not be the best idea. You can use a directory to work instead
# File: bundled/copy.py => Delete this file # Directory: bundled/copy => Create this new directory # File: bundled/copy/__init__.py try: # Sometimes you can get away with import * here # Other times you have to list all the things you want to import explicitly from system.library import foo except ImportError: from _copy import foo # File: bundled/copy/_copy.py: class foo(object): pass