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

Chris Withers chris at simplistix.co.uk
Tue Oct 27 17:26:32 CET 2009

Fred Drake wrote:
> 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. 

You're ignoring the fact that for the information in install_requires to 
even be parsed, you need to have setuptools present.

I'll say it again: it seems pointless specifying a requirement that has 
to be met before any requirement specifications can even be processed...


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