[Python-Dev] a new setuptools release?
sridharr at activestate.com
Wed Oct 7 22:43:20 CEST 2009
On Wed, 07 Oct 2009 12:35:18 -0700, P.J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> At 07:27 PM 10/7/2009 +0200, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
> Having more competition will also help, e.g. ActiveState's PyPM looks
> promising (provided they choose to open-source it) and then there's
> Note that both PyPM and pip use setuptools as an important piece of
> their implementation (as does buildout), so they are technically the
> competition of easy_install, rather than setuptools per se.
> IOW, putting setuptools in the stdlib wouldn't be declaring a victor in
> the installation tools competition, it'd simply be providing
> infrastructure for (present and future) tools to build on.
PyPM client relies on pkg_resources *only*. Specifically for
1) the version comparison algorithm:
$ grep pkg_resources pypm/client/version.py
2) parsing the "install_requires" string:
$ grep parse pypm/client/dependency.py
Both these features are definitely worthy of addition to stdlib but only
after *standardizing* them (like PEP 376 does with .egg-info structure and
files list). Now that Distribute is getting some visibility, it will be
extremely good for the community to add distribute-0.7 (which would
include the above two features apart from others) to the stdlib.
 The backend code (our mirroring component) also uses
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