[Distutils] [buildout] private eggs and egg repositories

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Sat Nov 15 15:20:14 CET 2008

On Nov 15, 2008, at 8:28 AM, Chris Withers wrote:

> Hi All,
> I'm getting a growing number of customer-specific and non-open- 
> source eggs. I used to just put these in as svn:externals and then  
> add the path in as a develop egg, however, I'm not sure this is  
> going to scale.
> What I'd like to do is have a "local egg repository" that I can put  
> these eggs in and then just point buildout at it.
> Has anyone done this before?


> Failing that, is there any way in buildout to say "use this egg  
> repository in favour of pypi, and only look at pypi if the egg isn't  
> found in the local repository"?

Just set up a flat directory somewhere and tell buildout (or any other  
setuptools-based software, like easy_install) to add it to its list of  
find links.

A repository doesn't have to be a formal index.

We simply set up an sftp server and point buildout at it using the  
buildoutsftp buildout extension and sftp urls, as in:

   extensions = zc.buildoutsftp
   find-links = sftp://private.zope.com/private

This provides restricted access with authentication using ssh keys.


Jim Fulton
Zope Corporation

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