[Distutils] Egg support for system packages (including bdist_wininst)

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Thu Dec 22 22:39:26 CET 2005

Phillip J. Eby wrote:
> At 01:52 PM 12/22/2005 +0100, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>> Somewhat related to this: wouldn't it be possible to build
>> .egg ZIP files using the same layout, ie. with the .egg-info
>> subdir inside the package instead of having a top-level
>> EGG-INFO directory in the ZIP file ?!
>> That way, you could simply unzip the .egg file somewhere
>> on your PYTHONPATH in order to install it and still have
>> the meta information at hand.
> And the advantage of manually doing this over having easy_install do it
> would be...?

* No magic, whatsoever.
* No dependencies on a specific package manager.
* No commands to learn.
* No cluttering up PYTHONPATH.
* No mangling of sys.path at runtime.
* No Python installation slowdown due to frequent scans of ZIP files.

I guess what I want to say is: eggs would become a no-strings-attached,
easy to use drop-in install format.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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