Hi John,

Thanks for your reply.
I had a quick google but it wasn't completely clear how that option works -
whether it is a place to look where packages cannot be found locally (in
the venv) or whether it is designed to completely replace the packages in
the venv.

If the latter, then doesn't that completely negate the point of virtual
environments which is all about having packages with different dependancies?
In my case I'd mainly be using the venv to make sure that any package
changes didn't break anything before I pushed to the main install directory.

thanks and regards,
Craig

On Mon, 1 Apr 2019 at 16:48, John Yeung <gallium.arsenide@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I installed 3.6.6 via the Open Souce Package Management option from IBMi
ACS.
Forgive my ignorance but I don't know if this uses yum under the covers
or
if there is another way to use yum to do the install directly.

Ah, right, ACS. I don't use that. Yes, that ultimately uses yum.

But I assume this will just update the version in /QOpenSys/pkgs/bin

I could then re-create my venv and it would be at the 3.6.8-1 version of
python but the venv wouldn't not contain ibm-db and itoolkit.

Correct.

To install packages into my venv I'd normally activate the venv then pip
install the required packages.

By default, venv creates a new minimal install, but if you are OK with
the new environment having access to all the packages in
/QOpenSys/pkgs/lib/python3.6/site-packages, you could use the
'--system-site-packages' option on the venv call.

John Y.
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