[Distutils] formencode as .egg in Debian ??

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Tue Nov 22 19:32:15 CET 2005

Ian Bicking wrote:
> M.-A. Lemburg wrote:
>>> Finally, I think it's important to note that what Debian should or
>>> should not use isn't really relevant to Debian's users, who will
>>> quite simply need eggs for many packages.  If Debian doesn't provide
>>> them, the users will be forced to obtain them elsewhere.  Over time,
>>> the number of packages that users need in egg form will continue to
>>> increase, and there will be an increasing number of users wanting to
>>> know why Debian can't provide them.  It's perfectly reasonable not to
>>> redo existing Debian packages to use eggs, but for some packages,
>>> *not* using eggs is simply not an option.
>> Why should "eggs" be the only way to install a package ?
>> Doesn't the standard "python setup.py install" work with
>> eggified packages anymore (meaning that the package is
>> installed as normal site-packages package) ?
> Eggs give room for package metadata that doesn't exist otherwise.
> Putting dependencies aside, this is functionality that simply doesn't
> exist with the standard distutils installation.  In the case of
> FormEncode, it doesn't make use of any egg features (except that other
> packages may want to depend on it using setuptools).  In the case of
> other frameworks -- including TurboGears (which I think is the ultimate
> packaging goal here) -- the Egg metadata really is important, it's not
> just used for dependencies.

Understood, but wouldn't it be reasonably possible to
also install this meta-data into a standard site-packages
package directory ?

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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