[Distutils] patches: ez_setup.py: don't import setuptools into your current address space in order to learn its version number

zooko zooko at zooko.com
Thu Sep 27 21:29:13 CEST 2007

> In other words, we could maybe fix this for "setup.py install", but  
> not for easy_install.  I'm not sure how useful that is, though,  
> since if you have setuptools installed, why download "foo", unpack  
> it, and "setup.py install", when you can just "easy_install foo" in  
> one go?

Oh, perhaps this also explains why you didn't understand the use case  
for the previous patch.  I love easy_install, in some cases we and  
our users need to execute "setup.py install" instead.  There are a  
few different reasons for this that I would be happy to go over with  
you, but hopefully as far as patching ez_setup.py, if I can write  
patches which improve this use case without harming other use cases,  
you will accept that some people prefer to execute "./setup.py  
install" and not "easy_install"?

Here is the current README for our decentralized file storage project:


Here is my personal notes on how I like to use setuptools-packaged  
software under GNU stow:




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