[Distutils] alternatives to zc.buildout?

Martin Aspeli optilude at gmx.net
Sat Feb 9 18:15:10 CET 2008

Chris McDonough wrote:
> Martin Aspeli wrote:
>> Tres Seaver wrote:
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>>> Chris Withers wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>  >
>>> The standard installs for repoze.zope2, repoze.grok, repoze.plone, etc.
>>> all assume a virtualenv, and add scripts which turn the vanilla
>>> virtualenv into an "instance."
>> The problem I have with virtualenv - or rather, with raw setuptools 
>> based solutions - is that it's difficult to uninstall eggs. With 
>> buildout, once you remove the requirement/egg line and re-run buildout, 
>> the egg is no longer installed.
> I usually edit site-packages/easy_install.pth and delete the line that points to 
> the egg.  And either delete the egg, or not.

That file's fairly cryptic and the chances of screwing something up 
there I think are higher than in the more user-oriented buildout.cfg.

Also, does deleting egg A in easy_install.pth cause any eggs that were 
installed as dependencies of A but are no longer needed to go as well?


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