[Distutils] easy_install fails on sourceforge?

Sridhar Ratnakumar SridharR at activestate.com
Tue Jun 30 04:19:25 CEST 2009

On Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:52:01 -0700, P.J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:

> The thing is, there is a source distribution of Pyro right there on the
> SourceForge website. Why doesn't this grab the .tar.gz file and build
> and install it? I thought setuptools did this automatically. Perhaps my
> memory is failing me. (It wouldn't be the first time.)
>  Two things.  First, the correct URL for Pyro downloads is  
> http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=18837&package_id=29259  
> .
>  Second, Sourceforge has changed their pages again so that they no  
> longer give direct links to downloadable files; instead, they link to a  
> "downloading.php" which setuptools does not recognize as a downloadable  
> file.
>  I'm not sure when this changed on Sourceforge, but I do hope that SF  
> users will complain long and loud about it.

Just throwing out some ideas:

Wouldn't it be better for package authors to register their packages in  
PYPI? They don't have to upload the entire tarball .. but even giving a  
/direct link/ to this would be sufficient. Would providing pypi plugin  
that uploads sdist's to SourceForge (or freshmeat, so on) make this  
process easier for package authors? Maybe then the network effect will  
make setuptools not rely too much on the unreliable download logic .. as  
eventually most SF packages would have a download link on PyPI for every  
subsequent release.


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