[Distutils] --help-commands option to easy_install not working

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Mon Oct 8 13:30:12 CEST 2007

At 01:48 AM 10/8/2007 -0400, The Cadet wrote:
>I checked the docs at
>http://peak.telecommunity.com/DevCenter/EasyInstall , but the only
>mention of ``--help-commands`` was in the 0.6a10 section where it said
>"Fixed the annoying --help-commands wart.". No idea what that means.

The wart is that --help-commands is ever displayed in the first 
place, because it's a distutils command that easy_install doesn't support.

In other words, --help-commands really isn't a valid option to 
easy_install; never was and never will be.  However, it appears that 
there is distutils code that was added in Python 2.5 that displays it 
even when I'm trying to prevent it from doing so.  (If you run 
easy_install for Python 2.3 or 2.4, the --help-commands option doesn't appear.)

I'll look into suppressing the output from Python 2.5, especially 
since it lists additional options that don't make sense for easy_install.

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