[Distutils] Availability of setuptools installer for python2.6?

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Tue Oct 7 00:43:26 CEST 2008

Paul Moore wrote:
> 2008/10/6 Phillip J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com>:
>> At 12:05 PM 10/6/2008 -0700, Chris Mahan wrote:
>>> Phillip,
>>> At
>>> <http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools>http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools
>>> there is no MS windows installer for python 2.6.
>>> Do you have an idea of when that might be available?
>> No, it'll likely be a while before I'm doing anything with 2.6.  Ian Bicking
>> now has privs for the setuptools PyPI entry, so perhaps he could upload one.
>>  (There actually isn't anything Windows-specific about it; all the .exe
>> installers that I upload are actually built on a Linux machine.)
> This is a really frustrating aspect of setuptools, that pure-Python
> packages produce version-specific installers. I'm sure I've seen an
> explanation of why this is necessary somewhere before, but I can't
> recall precisely where (and I don't really have time to wade through
> all the setuptools documentation to see if it's in there - it wasn't
> obvious from reading the contents). Can anyone give me a quick pointer
> to the explanation?

.pyc files are minor-version-specific. Eggs contain .pyc files.

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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