[Distutils] IBM Developerworks setuptools article - example doesnt work ?

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Mon Oct 30 21:59:32 CET 2006

On 10/30/06, Michael Bayer <mike_mp at zzzcomputing.com> wrote:
> On Oct 30, 2006, at 3:00 PM, Bob Ippolito wrote:
> > Feature. It can do multi-version installs, but only if explicitly
> > specified.
> >
> > The problem is that 1.2.1 is already on sys.path, so setuptools gives
> > up because it doesn't know if something is using Gnosis-Utils or not.
> > If the directory *containing* the egg was on sys.path, then it would
> > pick the exact version... but then you must *always* require it before
> > it is imported.
> Ah, terrific.  -m allows this feature, although i wonder why -m then
> makes regular "import", for those scripts that just want the default
> version, not useable (but i have not yet searched for this answer, so
> feel free to ignore).

You're thinking about this backwards. Multi-version installs don't
"make import unusable", they simply skip the step that adds the
contents of the egg to sys.path. That is the only thing that
differentiates a normal install and a multi-version install.

The reason multi-version works at all is because it's sure that
nothing in the egg is already in use by Python because it doesn't live
on sys.path so none of its contents can possibly be loaded into the
interpreter. Require looks for eggs and adds the best match to


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