John Pinner wrote:
To me, setup tools is missing two essential features of a package management system:
- Dependency management
I'm pretty sure setuptools does this. It could probably do a better job of checking version and dependency clashes, but provided there are none of these, it actually does an OK job.
- A means of removing packages.
Indeed, but this is because setuptools is layered on top of distutils, and distutils is the root of all evil.
Well that currently does not work as only a small minority of python packages are available in the Debian package archives. What would nice would be that the setup tools people in different languages and the distributions would work together. E.g.:
It's a nice idea but the complexity of making this happen (especially all the silly political ramblings that would be involved) mean it's never going to happen...