[Distutils] setuptools install --dry-run broken?

Jim Fulton jim at zope.com
Thu Apr 22 20:54:41 CEST 2010

In researching an old ZODB bug about it's setup.py breaking the
install --dry-run option, I tried using the option with the current
ZODB and bobo setup.py scripts, using Python 2.6.5.

In both cases, I didn't get an error and the modules were installed in
site-packages.  While the ZODB setup.py is complicated, bobo's isn't.

Both of these setup.py files used setuptools, so
I assumed this was a bug in setuptools. Then I tried the distutils



  python2.6 setup.py install --dry-run

(or python2.6 setup.py install -n)

installed the package.

Am I missunderstanding something? Or is --dry-run an april fool's
joke? :)


Jim Fulton

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