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 2:mod:`distutils` --- Building and installing Python modules
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 5.. module:: distutils
 6   :synopsis: Support for building and installing Python modules into an existing Python
 7              installation.
 8.. sectionauthor:: Fred L. Drake, Jr. <fdrake@acm.org>
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11The :mod:`distutils` package provides support for building and installing
12additional modules into a Python installation.  The new modules may be either
13100%-pure Python, or may be extension modules written in C, or may be
14collections of Python packages which include modules coded in both Python and C.
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16This package is discussed in two separate chapters:
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19.. seealso::
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21   :ref:`distutils-index`
22      The manual for developers and packagers of Python modules.  This describes how
23      to prepare :mod:`distutils`\ -based packages so that they may be easily
24      installed into an existing Python installation.
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26   :ref:`install-index`
27      An "administrators" manual which includes information on installing modules into
28      an existing Python installation. You do not need to be a Python programmer to
29      read this manual.
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