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

Fred Drake fdrake at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 16:51:43 CET 2009

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 11:35 AM, Chris Withers <chris at simplistix.co.uk> wrote:
> I'm talking about *at all*.

If I don't include setuptools in install_requires, then I've no
business expecting it to be available at runtime.  Since our current
approach in the Zope community is to use pkg_resources to support
namespace packages, and we get that via setuptools, it makes sense to
specify that my packages require setuptools.

It's just unfortunate that we're not able to get what we need from the
standard library for all interesting versions of Python.


Fred L. Drake, Jr.    <fdrake at gmail.com>
"Chaos is the score upon which reality is written." --Henry Miller

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