[Distutils] why would you ever need to specify setuptools as a dependency?

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Fri Oct 9 13:07:02 CEST 2009

Reinout van Rees wrote:
> - Do my libraries have to list a dependency on distribute or on setuptools?
>   Everything zopish has a 'setuptools >= 0.6c9' in it.

They shouldn't, unless you only require setuptools after your package is 
installed and don't use it in your setup.py, which seems unlikely.

If you need it in your setup.py, what's the point of specifying it? You 
would have had to use it by the time you specify the requirement!

> - Do I need to change buildout's bootstrap already? Doing that tries to change
>   my global setuptools, 

It shouldn't. The normal buildout bootstrap.py doesn't...


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