[Distutils] zc.buildout, recipe downloading dev eggs

Justin Ryan justizin at vongogo.net
Sat Oct 25 07:08:38 CEST 2008


I apologize if this isn't the place to ask about buildout, but it is listed
as the support address in PyPI.

I use zc.buildout, as many Zope / Plone and other Python developers do
nowadays to help in deployment of our code.

We are abandoning SVN as version control, and for now are using BZR with a
shell script to pull externals from SVN.

As BZR is a Python DSCM, we want to use it api-wise in a buildout recipe, as
an alternative to svn:externals, as BZR's externals-like feature is a bit
slow in coming, and also a recipe could support a variety of SCM by URI.

My concern is that, of course, buildout expects dev-eggs to be in src/ when
its' run, though dev products and other bits can come as dependencies of
eggs and via recipes.

What I want is to be able to download dev eggs in a recipe, which is applied
before the eggs are sought.

I'm glad to help, but expect that approaching folks with setuptools and esp
buildout expertise, via e-mail, as a group, might be a good start.

I'd be glad to help document how to do this and what situations it benefits.

Best, and TIA!


Robert Half - "When one teaches, two learn."
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