[Distutils] Introspection on eggs?

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Wed Feb 27 20:09:53 CET 2008

At 07:57 PM 2/27/2008 +0100, Andreas Jung wrote:
>I am currently working on a small PyPI replacement for hosting local 
>and private eggs:
>I would like to some introspection on uploaded eggs - basically I am 
>interested in the long_description and some other metadata without having to
>unpack the egg and parse it on my own. Is there some API available
>for performing such a task?

You can use dist.get_metadata('PKG-INFO') (where dist is a 
Distribution object (egg) obtained via any of the usual pkg_resources 
APIs) to obtain the contents of the PKG-INFO file.  You would need to 
parse it to get the long_description and other stuff out, but it's a 
pretty simple format.

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