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

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Tue Oct 20 15:48:58 CEST 2009

Fred Drake wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 9:39 AM, Chris Withers <chris at simplistix.co.uk> wrote:
>> As is specifying the setuptools distribution as a requirement when you're
>> already using it...
> I don't use setuptools at runtime unless something requires it.
> Having it available at install time and run time are two different
> things, and should remain so.

All I'm saying is that packages shouldn't express a dependency on 
setuptools if setuptools is required even before that expression can be 

I'm not talking about install or run time...


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