[Distutils] Working environment

Anthony Baxter anthony at interlink.com.au
Wed Mar 8 14:35:32 CET 2006

On Wednesday 08 March 2006 18:15, Iwan Vosloo wrote:
> Just a thought... This sounds like a clean approach and powerful.
> What if, for example, you work on a machine with python 2.4
> installed, but you want an environment with python 2.5?  With what
> you're proposing here you could go totally heavyweight and have the
> whole python distribution installed in your working invironment
> only.

Ick. I'm sure I'm not the only one who remembers telling perl's CPAN 
module to auto-build all dependencies, only to come back and find it 
building a new version of Perl to install in a local directory. I 
really don't like this idea at all. 

I should point out that I don't mind the working environment idea, 
just not the idea of a version of Python being built in there. You 
can already install multiple versions of Python with "make 
altinstall" (or your distro's packaging system). 


Anthony Baxter     <anthony at interlink.com.au>
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

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