[Distutils] HTTP authentication support

David Smith davidsmith at acm.org
Thu Dec 28 07:55:41 CET 2006

"Phillip J. Eby" <pje at telecommunity.com> writes:

> At 03:12 PM 12/28/2006 +0900, David Smith wrote:
>>The usecase is too obvious: using setuptools for
>>distribution of modules that are not publically available, such
>>as commercial or pre-release development.
> If they're not publically available, why use authenticated HTTP
> at all?  Among the many alternatives that work with
> easy_install today are:
> * rsync-mirrored directories
> * NFS-mounted directories
> * ssh-transport SVN servers (you even get prompted for your credentials!)
> * proxied HTTP

I believe HTTP authenticated subversion is more common than all
of the above. Additionally, the proxied HTTP support also lacks
authentication support, which the patch rectifies.

> It seems to me that the only case where HTTP auth helps is if
> you were already distributing your files that way.

I think you'd agree that HTTP is by far the most standard
distribution method than any of the others currently supported
by setuptools. We're really not talking about a special case.

> In other words, you don't need to have this patch accepted in
> order to integrate the functionality with the existing system.

I admit it's easy enough to fix locally; that's what I had been
doing. The problem I have with that is it's not a special case
and if you support ssl-encrypted HTTP, you should also support
HTTP authentication considering how the two are often used

  David D. Smith
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