[Distutils] [Python-Dev] Distutils and Distribute roadmap (and some words on Virtualenv, Pip)

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Tue Oct 20 16:21:53 CEST 2009

Chris Withers wrote:
> [following up on distutils-sig]
> Michael Foord wrote:
>> Many Windows users would be quite happy if the standard mechanism for 
>> installing non-source distributions on Windows was via the wininst 
>> binaries.
> ...and many users may not be ;-) I know I'd be extremely unhappy if that 
> were the case as I routines use multiple versions of packages with 
> multiple versions of python on one machine...
>> I wonder if it is going to be possible to make this compatible with 
>> the upcoming distutils package management 'stuff' (querying for 
>> installed packages, uninstallation etc) since 
>> installation/uninstallation goes through the Windows system package 
>> management feature.  I guess it would be eminently possible but 
>> require some reasonably high level Windows-fu to do.
> I wouldn't have a problem if integrating with the windows package 
> manager was an optional extra, but I think it's one of many types of 
> package management that need to be worried about, so might be easier to 
> get the others working and let anyone who wants anything beyond a 
> pure-python packaging system that works across platforms, regardless of 
> whether binary extensions are needed, do the work themselves...
> Chris

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