Python package install best practice?

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16 Nov, 2016 02:13 AM

Hi. I'm trying to add a few scripts in python to my MD2017 and I'm wondering what's the best way to install PyPI packages such that they are picked up by the built in Python runner.

Right now I'm kind of hacking it by pip installing into a virtual environment and then manually adding the venv site-packages directory to sys.path before my import statements. Any way I can directly install packages into the MD install?

  1. 1 Posted by virantha on 16 Nov, 2016 05:03 PM

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    Also, does the python runner in MD2017 have any known limitations with the number of files? For example, if my main file imports another local file (say a script instantiating a swing JFrame), I find that reinstalling the extension does not pick up any changes in any imported file. Kind of annoying to have to put all my code into the single file that gets run. Is there any way to force a 'recompile' of all the imports when running a script? I've verified that the file timestamps are new.

  2. 2 Posted by virantha on 29 Nov, 2016 07:07 PM

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    Ok, so just to answer my own question immediately above where MD was not re-importing imports during development, the work-around is to reload(module).

    import my_module  
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