I'm trying to install a setuptools-based package (RuleDispatch) but there are no suitable binary eggs on the net (Python 2.5 on Windows). So I'm effectively building all of my own eggs and installing as if I have no net access . According to http://peak.telecommunity.com/DevCenter/EasyInstall, """If you can't use APS, or don't have internet access at all, you will need to first download the appropriate .egg file from the setuptools PyPI page using a computer with internet access. Place the egg in the same directory as ez_setup.py on the target computer before running it.""" I tried this, but I can't get it to work - ez_setup.py still tries to go to CheeseShop. Do I need some command line flags not mentioned on the EasyInstall page? I've tried the most obvious ones, but to no avail. Actually, I got somewhere, by building a setuptools egg, adding it to PYTHONPATH, then running ez_setup.py. That "installed" setuptools, but didn't move it anywhere - it's still in my temporary "Data" directory.
From there, easy_install -f . RuleDispatch seems to be getting somewhere (I now need to build PyProtocols, but that's OK). But still nothing's getting copied into site-packages.
I'm clearly doing something wrong, but I have no idea what. At the risk of going on about it, this is far messier than the traditional "python setup.py bdist_wininst" and run the installer... (BTW, what I ultimately want to do is to try out RuleDispatch on a machine which doesn't have net access. The rest is just annoying cruft. For now, I got this by building a wininst installer for setuptools, installing it, building wininst installers for pyprotocols and ruledispatch, uninstalling setuptools, and then using the wininst installers - as neither package uses setuptools at runtime...) Thanks, Paul.  Actually, one of the machines I'm doing this on is not (easily) connected to the net in any case.