On 12 July 2013 16:17, Donald Stufft <donald@stufft.io> wrote:
There's very little reason why a pip bootstrap script couldn't unpack a wheel instead of using setup.py. Infact I've advocated for this and plan on contributing a bare bones wheel installation routine that would work well enough to get pip and setuptools installed.

I've written more than one bare-bones wheel installation script myself. They are easy to write (credit to Daniel for developing a format that's very simple to process!). I'm happy to donate any of the code that's useful. Here's one I've used in the past: https://gist.github.com/pfmoore/5985969