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

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Tue Oct 27 16:35:03 CET 2009

Toshio Kuratomi wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 02:48:58PM +0100, Chris Withers wrote:
>> 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  
>> parsed.
>> I'm not talking about install or run time...
> Are you then talking about build time?

I'm talking about *at all*.


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