[Distutils] How to force installing setuptools instead of distribute ?

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 11:45:07 CEST 2010

On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 12:42 AM, David Cournapeau <cournape at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 1:24 AM, Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 5:20 PM, P.J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
>>> At 10:50 AM 7/1/2010 +0200, Tarek Ziadé wrote:
>>>> It's precisely because Ubuntu is a good distribution that they decided
>>>> to switch to distribute to get the most active project in it.
>>> Really?  I would've thought that the most *stable* version of a project
>>> would generally be the better choice for an operating system distribution.
>>>  ;-)
>> It's a better choice than setuptools, which is unmaintained for two
>> years with pending bugfixes.
> It is again obviously wrong, since setuptools works and distribute
> does not for my use case.
> I am not sure how to put this more clearly: if you pretend to be a
> piece of software you are not, you better have to work for 100 % cases
> of the old one. Not 90 %, not 99 %. Anything short of 100 % is
> unacceptable.
> If you can't guarantee 100 % compatibility, you don't force people to
> use your software instead of another one, I don't understand how I
> even have to explain this, really.

What's unacceptable right now is your tone. I am going to ask you to
stop this now.

What is your problem ? a bug seems to have been fixed in setuptools
and was not backported
in distribute. That was a miss we are going to fix. Like all software,
there are bugs, regressions, etc.  You made a patch, great, it'll be

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