[Distutils] [setuptools] best way to create offline install bundles?

Kevin Dangoor dangoor at gmail.com
Tue Sep 12 03:45:32 CEST 2006

On Sep 11, 2006, at 12:34 PM, primco wrote:

> Setuptools would have to packaged up with TG or Pylons. All  
> programs need to
> be self contained and can only depend on the standard library in  
> the system
> wide install. No 'automatic download' would be allowed either.  
> Basically,
> the whole thing needs to be copied and run. This is a basic feature of
> Python scripts. It's unfortunate that things have become so complex  
> that
> this is no longer possible.

Actually, this isn't an accurate depiction of the situation. Pre- 
setuptools, the *only* way to build up a package like TurboGears  
would have been to take all of the dependencies and dump them into a  
thirdparty directory, put some massive setup script around it and  
produce a single, giant tarball. Work would have had to be done to  
put all of that together. setuptools provides us with a number of  
great capabilities, and we just need to build up the tool support to  
make that giant tarball-style of distribution (for offline installs)  
as easy as the current online installation is.


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