[Distutils] Draft of new setuptools installation instructions

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Wed Oct 4 10:23:28 CEST 2006

On 10/4/06, Phillip J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> At 11:12 PM 10/3/2006 +0100, Paul Moore wrote:
> >Also, the automatic pause would annoy me. How would you make it *not*
> >happen if I ran the command from a console window I already had open?
> The idea would be to register a separate "easy_install-win.exe" under
> "easy_install" in App Paths.  This version would pause after termination,
> while the normal version would not.  Since console programs invoked via the
> App Paths mechanism *always* get their own new window, this should work out
> nicely.

Sadly, not true. The replacement console program 4NT (which I use
pretty much exclusively) uses App Paths to locate executables. So if
you (in effect) alias easy_install to easy_install-win, you'll break
it for 4NT users. And in a way that will confuse the heck out of them,
because it's very subtle (mapping an executable name to a different
executable via App Paths is not normal usage).

Why not just have the second executable with a simple to type name
(easy_installw, say) and suggest people type *that* in the Run window?
Keep it simple!


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