[Distutils] Just downloading an egg

Jeff Rush jeff at taupro.com
Wed Oct 1 00:42:05 CEST 2008

Pascoe, S (Stephen) wrote:
> I often just want to do with easy_install is download an egg from pypi without installing it.  I've studied the easy_install documentation and never found a way to do it.  Even giving it the "-d" option results in easy-install.pth being created and other unwanted stuff.
> Looking at the setuptools pydoc I worked out a way to do it:
>>>> import setuptools
>>>> d = setuptools.Distribution()
>>>> d.fetch_build_egg(requirement)
> Voila! the egg is downloaded into cwd.  It even seems built an egg from a tarball.
> My question is, can I rely on this feature and is it the best way of doing what I want?  I'd like to use it in my code and hope it stays.  It would be ideal if I could do this through easy_install.

Actually this command will download the egg and just the egg:

    easy_install -zmaxd . -N SQLObject

or if you want the egg -and- its dependencies (as eggs too):

    easy_install -zmaxd . SQLObject


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