I am a linux newbie and I am wondering why some software developed for python is usually installed by doing "python setup.py install".
What is it doing?
what is the different of this comparing to "compile from source"?
For instance, a package in this form: numpy-1.3.0.tar.gz
I was told by the web author that I should untar this, then do "python setup.py install"
but then again I was told package in gunzip must be a source package, which I should compile from source,
that is ./configure makefile make..........
which approach should I use?Which has the lowest chance of a error in installation/?