[Distutils] Package install failures in 2.6.3 - setuptools vs Distribute
K. Richard Pixley
rich at noir.com
Mon Oct 5 16:25:44 CEST 2009
Ronald Oussoren wrote:
> For beginners this issue is a showstopper that they cannot resolve without help.
I'm a relative beginner to distutils/setuptools/distribute, but a long
time configuration/build/packaging professional. You're mistaken if you
think that any of these technologies are suitable for beginners. The
state of python package distribution resembles the state of linux
packages circa 1995, except that it isn't very well documented at all.
Easy_install certainly isn't, and never has been. My first questions
about easy_install, (how do I get a list of installed packages? How do
I upgrade all installed packages? How do I delete a package using
easy_install?) are all unanswerable.
I' spent over 20 hours this weekend just reading through documentation
trying to figure out what the state of the art is expected to be here
and I still don't know much. That's far beyond the investment of a
casual user. I'm puzzled that people wonder why I haven't used standard
packaging yet when it's pretty clear that standard packaging and
distribution doesn't really solve my problems.
Python packaging and distribution right now is not for beginners or the
faint of heart.
--rich - (who came here recently looking for an opportunity to write
something akin to stdeb.)
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