[Distutils] EasyInstall --> distutils command + setuptools enhancements?

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Wed Jun 8 19:23:19 CEST 2005

Phillip J. Eby wrote:
>> Are you thinking solely about a two-level command?  It's a little 
>> confusing, because it seems like EasyInstall and distutils are kind of 
>> separate, and I'm not clear what relation you are proposing.
>> If it's just that there be two levels to the command, just like in 
>> distutils or cvs, among other commands, then yes, I think that's a 
>> good idea, and I can imagine quite a few commands over time.
>> As for the specific implementation, I don't know that distutil's 
>> Command is worth using if it's outdated.
> Yes, but it *integrates* with existing functionality, which is useful.  
> It would also make it easier for setup scripts to use EasyInstall 
> functionality as part of their build process.

I'm still not clear.  Do you mean you intend people to do:

   python setup.py install_depends

?  I'm just confused.  If it's a matter of using EasyInstall 
functionality, it seems like the Python-level interface is more useful. 
  Or do you mean, so that "python setup.py install" can pass its 
arguments on to EasyInstall commands (e.g., the --install-lib option 
will be passed onto installed dependencies?)

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