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

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Mon Oct 8 13:54:08 CEST 2007

At 07:30 AM 10/8/2007 -0400, Phillip J. Eby wrote:
>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.

This is now fixed in SVN; you can use ``easy_install 
setuptools==dev06`` to get a copy.

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