The goal is that it will be equally easy to install packages built with any build system. We are on our way.

Getting rid of an executable build script is no longer a goal. Builds inherently need that often. But we don't want people extending distutils  against their will.

On Jul 12, 2013 11:59 AM, "Paul Moore" <> wrote:

On 12 July 2013 16:17, Donald Stufft <> wrote:
There's very little reason why a pip bootstrap script couldn't unpack a wheel instead of using 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:


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