[Distutils] PEP for distutils

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Tue Sep 30 17:43:51 CEST 2008

On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 5:41 PM, Ian Bicking <ianb at colorstudy.com> wrote:
> Gael Varoquaux wrote:
>> On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 04:01:01PM +0100, Chris Withers wrote:
>>> That said, I didn't see any indication of what I consider to be a
>>> critical failure in PyPI: No dependency metadata prior to downloading the
>>> package.
>> +1. I want to be able do list all the packages an easy_install run will
>> download without running it. Something like the "-s" option of apt-get.
>> In addition, I want this information to be available programmatically (ie
>> with a good api, not something that expects to be called from the command
>> line) to be able to use it to build dependency graphs, generate conflicts
>> list, or simply tell me that I have requested something that is
>> impossible.
>> There is nothing that I hate more than easy_install failing after having
>> half-installed a package because of a missing dependency. This is one of
>> the reasons I am never too happy when I have to run easy_install.
> FWIW, pyinstall can collect all the packages before installing any of them.
>  You do have to download all packages, though, as that's the only way to get
> the metadata.

Yes, so having them at PyPI would be a good idea indeed,
I am adding that to that small PEP

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