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

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Fri Oct 9 17:04:06 CEST 2009

Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 03:28:57PM +0100, Chris Withers wrote:
>> In this case, which I suspect is extremely rare anyway, you'll need to  
>> have setuptools installed already.
>> So, in *any* of these cases, specifying setuptools as a requirement  
>> seems like a total waste of time...
>> Now, what case have I missed? ;-)
> It's nice for people creating system packages when you specify all of the
> packages that your runtime depends on in setup.py.  

...except that it causes problems that are a bit more serious than "nice 
to have" because of the ridiculous situation we're in with setuptools 
and distribute...


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