[Distutils] Questions about Python Eggs

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Sun May 22 20:07:49 CEST 2005

Phillip J. Eby wrote:
>> Is it safe to do nasty monkeypatching wherein I replace distutils.setup
>> with setuptools.setup?  Or, more directly, anyone have code around to
>> build eggs programmatically from other people's packages?
> If distutils' run_setup() worked correctly, you could probably do this.  
> Of course, if you control your environment, you could also possibly just 
> copy bdist_egg.py into your Python installation's distutils/command 
> directory.  I don't think bdist_egg has any dependencies to the rest of 
> setuptools that would prevent it from being used from regular distutils 
> that way.
> So, try copying bdist_egg.py into distutils/command, and then run 
> "setup.py bdist_egg" and see if it works.

Ah, it's much easier than we realized:

   python setup.py --command-packages=setuptools.command bdist_egg

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