How To Build a Vespa Wheel

This explains how to build pip-installable wheels for Vespa.

How To Build the Wheel

  1. Start a command prompt and change to directory that contains
  2. Remove any build caches from previous wheel building --
    python clean --all
  3. Build the wheel --
    python bdist_wheel --python-tag py27

That's it! Your wheel will be in the dist directory.

To upload the wheel, use the guide for uploading PyGamma wheels. The process is the same for Vespa and PyGamma (and HLSVDPRO): PyGammaHowToUploadWheels


Prior to version 0.9.1, Vespa's had a number of features and responsibilities. As of 0.9.1, it's much smaller and does very little.

In fact, isn't even distributed with Vespa. Users are instructed to install Vespa from a wheel file via pip (which basically just unzips the Vespa wheel), so couldn't influence the installation process even if we wanted it to.

It's possible to do a local (developer) install with python install, although offhand I can't think of a reason for doing so. The only reason you need is to build wheels.

MANIFEST.IN and setuptools

MANIFEST.IN defines which files get included in the wheel. See Python's doc on MANIFEST.IN.

Vespa's uses setuptools, and we pass the include_package_data to setuptools.setup() in That tells it to read MANIFEST.IN to know which files to include in the wheel.

Dueling Vespas

If you're modifying, chances are that you're a Vespa developer and you have a vespa.pth file in your site-packages directory. When you test your Vespa wheel, you'll then have a vespa directory in site-packages in addition to vespa.pth. When Python looks in site-packages to resolve an import vespa.something statement, it will have two Vespas from which to choose. I don't know what Python's behavior is in this case and I suspect it's undefined.

The practical upshot is that you need to remove site-packages/vespa.pth while you're working on and testing wheels.

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