[Catalog-sig] Distribute and endless loop trying to upgrade system-wide Distribute package in Buildout

miohtama mikko at redinnovation.com
Sun Jan 29 16:23:59 CET 2012

Buildout uses Distribute internally, in locally installed egg.  However, due
to a bug in Distribute, Buildout cannot update this egg automatically. This
is because Distribute egg upgrade procedure always refers to system-wide
Distribute installation, not the local one. Also, instead of proper error
message or handling, the buildout  goes to eternal loop.

The bug have been identified here in distribute_setup.py:


This bug is very common with Plone, as eventually you need to run buildout
and if buildout thinks it needs to upgrade Distribute it will fail.

What / who / how should be contacted to get a fix / workaround for this bug?
Where to file a bug?

The thread on Plone core developers list:


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