[Distutils] People want CPAN :-)

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Sat Nov 7 00:57:28 CET 2009

On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 5:50 PM, Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 11:56 PM, Bob Ippolito <bob at redivi.com> wrote:
> [...]
>> It might be the CPAN user interface that makes the difference. Using
>> CPAN you can search for and install applications from an interactive
>> prompt. No web browser needed, just one command line invocation (perl
>> -MCPAN -e shell).
> Although, we have an XML-RPC service for  PyPI, and Yolk for example
> is a client that will let you query PyPI
> through a prompt. I agree it could be enhanced, but it exists. Maybe
> such a client could be added in Distutils ?
> Plus, once the work on PEP 390 (or an equivalent one) is over, we will
> be able to list a distribution's dependencies
> on a given target system just by querying PYPI.

It's quite possible that pip will grow some of these features.  At
least search and querying the currently installed packages are planned
in some fashion (someone has indicated the intent to do both these, I

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