[Chicago] pyinstall

Jason Huggins jason at jrandolph.com
Wed Sep 24 17:56:13 CEST 2008

On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 12:32 AM, Ian Bicking <ianb at colorstudy.com> wrote:
> I just announced a new installer I've been working on:
> http://pypi.python.org/pypi/pyinstall (also the not-very-thorough docs)

Awesome work, Ian!

>From your docs:
"Packages don't have to be installed as egg archives, they can be
installed flat (while keeping the egg metadata)."

Thank goodness!!!!! That is the number one reason I'll be trying it
out. I like the *theory* of eggs... but when trying to troubleshoot
some breakage that goes back to some code in some egg-ified library..
the egg itself just gets in the way.. I can't grep the library
(easily), can't find the line of code that's breaking (easily), can't
read the code (easily). Sure, eggs are "just zip archives" and I can
use tools to peek inside them... but having a tool that can install
libraries "flat" like any other library is so much more "pythonic" in
my view. Given the choice between easy_install vs "python setup.py
install" -- I've always chosen the latter just because of the "eggs
are a pain to live with" issue.

 - hugs

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