[Distutils] Getting source from __file__ in egg?

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Thu Sep 11 18:03:29 CEST 2008

Skip's issue isn't going to be resolved by avoiding zipfiles in the 
easy_install case.  Really, none of the other issues you've mentioned 
in that ticket will be either.  Zipfiles are a useful installation 
target for drop-and-go plugin installation, and they're useful for 
py2exe, py2app, etc.  A library that has problems being deployed in a 
zipfile will have problems in other places besides easy_install.  The 
fix isn't to stop using zipfiles, it's to fix the places in Python 
(and 3rd-party tools) where zipfile support isn't 
finished.  easy_install simply forces the errors to show up 
earlier... and for the community as a whole, that's a *good* thing.

(Oh, and while we're suggesting things, zooko, I'd suggest you take a 
look at the two setuptools bugs in "testing" status that are assigned 
to you; they're holding up the 0.6c9 release.)

At 11:27 AM 9/10/2008 -0600, zooko wrote:
>On Sep 10, 2008, at 5:13 AM, skip at pobox.com wrote:
>>If I have a package installed as a zip file egg and ask for its
>>__file__ I
>>might get a reference which looks like a normal file system path
>>but isn't:
>I advise people to add to their distutils config file:
>In addition, I suggest that setuptools should be changed to install
>eggs unzipped by default, as there is a list of problems and
>inconveniences with zipping eggs and, as far as I am aware, no
>measured benefits.
>Here is the issue ticket, in which your problem, Skip, is the most
>recent entry in the list:
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