[Distutils] People want CPAN :-)
kevin at bud.ca
Sun Nov 8 00:18:12 CET 2009
One other really nice thing about the Perl packaging ecosystem is that
their standard library is packaged!
If there is a bug found in the Perl standard library, it's trivial to
upgrade it to a newer release with a bug fix. For example, the recent
little distutils snafu would have been a lot less painful for the end
user's if we'd been able to get the bug fix with a simple:
$ pip install --upgrade distutils
In this respect, from an end user perspective, it really feels like
you're getting hit with a stick, "Need that distutils fix? Hmm, well,
OK, but you're going to have wait another month until we do a full
Python release, and then accept all these other unrelated changes if
you want that ... "
CPAN even informs you if there's a newer release of itself available,
and suggests you might like to upgrade:
There's a new CPAN.pm version (v1.9402) available!
[Current version is v1.7602]
You might want to try
without quitting the current session. It should be a seamless upgrade
while we are running...
Buildout has a similar upgrade notification feature, but I don't think
pip or easy_install does? One nice thing about setuptools (or now
distribute) not having been merged into the standard library is that
they're easy to update to newer releases. As we push more of this code
down into Distutils, we are making it more difficult to get updates :(
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