[Distutils] formencode as .egg in Debian ??

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Thu Nov 24 00:49:54 CET 2005

At 10:39 AM 11/24/2005 +1100, David Arnold wrote:
>But I was hoping that I could help clarify the point of view of a Debian
>user, by pointing out that there's at least some part of the Debian user
>community that won't like installing .egg applications unless they're
>sanely converted to .debs

Certainly.  There have been Debian users asking for this on the TurboGears 
mailing list from day 1, so I'm familiar with the viewpoint, and believe 
it's entirely rational.  (The FAQ response for this is to install the eggs 
in /usr/local, or else use easy_deb to wrap the eggs in .debs, but I guess 
this started because somebody felt that there should be official .debs for 
TurboGears and its dependencies as well.)

I just got the impression that you were saying that *any* use of eggs would 
be tantamount to CPAN-style chaos, which isn't true even in a non-packaged 
environment, since the architecture is basically that of Stow.  (That is, 
install every version of every thing in its own directory, and then either 
find what you need at runtime or update pointers to the active versions.)

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