"MAL" == M email@example.com writes:
MAL> True, but it is easily possible to install those packages in MAL> a directory which is scanned before the standard lib, thus MAL> overriding the distribution versions:
MAL> python setup.py install install-lib=~/lib
A general solution that requires uses to set environment variables isn't acceptable IMO.
>> I believe that was the motivation for Barry to consider >> backporting large amounts of changes. The same holds for >> distutils, except that there aren't that many major changes.
MAL> If that's the case, then we probably ought to make it easier MAL> for user installed Python add-ons to override builtin MAL> packages.
MAL> This would help to get rid off the hacks which the PyXML MAL> distribution has to use in order to achieve the same.
Yup, see my previous response. -Barry