At 08:14 AM 8/5/2009 -0400, Jim Fulton wrote:
It would be great if we could come up with a much smaller install library that multiple packages could share.
I've previously proposed to split out installation stuff (plus pkg_resources) to such a library, leaving just the setup.py/easy_install aspects in setuptools proper. This is currently still a vaporware proposal, but I've at least done a bit more specific code sketching since then. The original concept notes can be found here:
I don't know if this is exactly what you had in mind, but I expect it's at least somewhat similar; your previous request for "easy_install as a set of independent functions" was not forgotten. ;-)