[Distutils] RE: [Python-Dev] Installation requirements

David Ascher DavidA@ActiveState.com
Tue, 20 Jun 2000 21:23:14 -0700

> [Follow-up to the Distutils SIG, please.]
> There are a few steps needed to find and install a package:
> 1) Discovery : which module does what I need?
> 2) Download  : where can I get a copy?
> 3) Security  : is this actually from the package author, and not a Trojan?
> 4) Installation : how do I set it up?
> 5) Checking for new versions: I have 1.0 installed; is a newer version
>    available?
> Some potential sources of inspiration:
> Debian: apt
> Perl: CPAM.pm
> FreeBSD: ports system
> RPMfind (rpmfind.net)
> XEmacs: packages system


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