At 10:12 AM 7/4/2005 +0100, Clayton Brown wrote:
Ill probably extend this to also use wget and keep a repository of all source packages, but recall seing this functionality in easy_install itself - and since it has better dig options etc best use it i think,
Right now the closest thing is to use the -b option, and the downloaded file will be left in the build directory. But that won't help your script find and reuse the download, I'm afraid.
long term i would like to use the (-m) option by default to always maintain mutliple versions of a package, but in my first attempt this require() method described failed to import the package that i had installed multiple versions of.
What happened instead?
Ideally python itself could be extended with the functionality easy_install provides, particularly to resolve latest version when not specified, and to alllow version specification at run time.
It does allow version specification at runtime; in fact there are already hooks that can be used to make require() automatically run easy_install, and these hooks are in fact already used to install packages' declared dependencies.
However, these hooks have to be explicitly activated; simply building this capability into Python's default behavior would be an extreme security risk.