[Distutils] Package install failures in 2.6.3 - setuptools vs Distribute
K. Richard Pixley
rich at noir.com
Mon Oct 5 20:29:59 CEST 2009
P.J. Eby wrote:
> At 07:25 AM 10/5/2009 -0700, K. Richard Pixley wrote:
>> How do I delete a package using easy_install?
That doesn't remove a package. It simply removes the package from the
search path by one method in hopes that no further instances of it will
To actually remove it, you have to know the format of the library, the
package formats, local library storage conventions, and you need to be
an expert user of distutils, setuptools, buildout, etc, in order to
determine the content of the package itself in order to remove it
manually. And even then you'd have to manually search your entire
system for any packages that might still depend on this package lest you
break them too.
That's far beyond the scope of expectation for a casual package
maintainer. That's more akin to current macosx standards, (install
only), than debian or rpm, (install, update, query, remove, etc).
I suppose it's not such a bad problem if you reload your OS frequently.
Or solely work with virtualenv or the like so that you can easily
discard and rebuild an environment whenever you need one. Of course,
that doesn't really help with the task of keeping multiple servers
current or rolling internal software out to an enterprise.
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