[Distutils] the virtualenv-distribute mess

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 14:45:57 CEST 2009

On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 2:43 PM, kiorky <kiorky at cryptelium.net> wrote:
> Hi tarek,
> Tarek Ziadé a écrit :
>> The *whole* point of Distribute 0.6.x is to be backward compatible, meaning
>> that if virtualenv switch to it, you will not even notice it.
> Living in my 0.6.x snail sandbox is not a solution.
> As it seems that Distribute 0.7 won't for a long time.
> "setuptools based" packages will be able to be installed via the distribute 0.6
> branch but not compatible with "distribute based" stuff. Note that new things
> will eventually be packaged with the "new good way todo, aka with 0.7". There is
> a great risk that they can't live together aside. NOGO

Why they can't ?

> 0.7 packages wont be compatibles with setuptools installation/namespaces, so it
> will be impossible to install a lot of "setuptools based" packages aside with
> new stuff in with this way too. NOGO too.

Why will it be impossible ?

> I appreciate what you folks are doing with the distribute sphere, i have not
> that much problems with it, but i do not support that it breaks very badly the
> retro compatibilty for all things already packaged today, today tomorrow or in
> one year.

Again, you will be able to use 0.6 and 0.7 together. or 0.6 alone, or
0.7 alone.

Nothing will be broken in a distribution that uses 0.6.

0.6 stays maintained.


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