[Distutils] Problem upgrading docutils with setuptools

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Wed Jan 25 19:11:27 CET 2006

At 09:48 AM 1/25/2006 -0800, Bob Ippolito wrote:
>Another simple fix is just to run easy_install docutils a second time
>if you had it previously installed.  Its setup.py script is stupid
>and fragile.

Geez, dude, I already said that in a diplomatic way, i.e., without saying 
"stupid" and without saying *their* setup was fragile.  They're just people 
like you and me who want their stuff to work; they don't deserve to have 
their work called stupid.

I wasn't stupid when I tried doing that kind of check-for-and-install 
dependency installation; it's just the simplest thing that could possibly 
work.  The fact that it doesn't actually work all that well is something to 
learn from, and trying stuff in order to learn what works doesn't make you 
stupid - it makes you smarter.

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