[Distutils] setup_requires not caching downloaded packages?
barry at python.org
Fri Jun 26 23:02:22 CEST 2009
Sorry for the delay in responding and the lack of clarity in the
On Jun 22, 2009, at 11:40 PM, P.J. Eby wrote:
> I don't know what the "download cache" is, so I can't speak to
> that. However, what I can say is that if you're using "sdist" for
> distribution, you probably don't need that setup_requires line in
> the first place.
download cache is a buildout thing.
> When you build an sdist using setuptools, it includes a pre-
> generated file manifest, along with a setup.cfg that forces the
> right revision tag information in the project's version number (if
> applicable). This is specifically designed so that the person
> building your sdist doesn't need the same revision control system
> In short, the only person who needs setuptools_bzr installed is the
> person who's generating the sdists. So, feel free to drop it from
> setup_requires and be happy. ;-)
Here's what the setuptools docs say:
(Note: projects listed in setup_requires will NOT be automatically
installed on the system where the setup script is being run. They are
simply downloaded to the setup directory if they're not locally
available already. If you want them to be installed, as well as being
available when the setup script is run, you should add them to
install_requires and setup_requires.)
So I get that setuptools is doing what it's supposed to do. I also
get that it's (usually) not too hard to write a MANIFEST.in that
pretty much does what you need it to do. I'm bothered by the fact
that this puts us in a bind where we want to use setup_requires but
really can't. After further thought though, the "problem" is probably
in buildout, because it shouldn't be downloading setup_requires
packages if they are in its download cache.
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