[Distutils] pip vs easy_install vs distutils2

Ronald Oussoren ronaldoussoren at mac.com
Thu Jun 3 10:02:32 CEST 2010

On 3 Jun, 2010, at 9:50, Tarek Ziadé wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 9:15 AM, Ronald Oussoren <ronaldoussoren at mac.com> wrote:
>> On 31 May, 2010, at 19:10, Tarek Ziadé wrote:
>>> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 7:04 PM, Lennart Regebro <regebro at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 19:02, Carl Meyer <carl at oddbird.net> wrote:
>>>>> Nope, pip's used --record on installation for years, and the above has
>>>>> been true since the moment uninstall landed in pip. There are enough
>>>>> different ways things can get installed that it's not surprising that
>>>>> some discussions may have been confused ;-)
>>>> That may be it. Forcing --record in Python 3.2 would be a step forward then? :-)
>>> You mean in the current distutils ? Because distutils2 will have the
>>> PEP 376 implementation,
>>> where we create a RECORD file for each installed project in its dist-info/
>> I haven't carefully read the entire discussion, but do you mean that distutils won't follow PEP 376 during installation?
> If people use the old Distutils, (what I've called the current
> distutils), and trigger an installation via 'python setup.py install'.
> It'll use the existing code, so install it the 'old' way.

I know that distutils in python 2. 6 and 3.1 won't support PEP 376, but why won't distutils conform to PEP 376 in python 2.7 and 3.2?

The RECORD file from PEP 376 would allow  manually installed package (e.g. "python setup.py install") to be further managed by a PEP 376 compliant install tool.  This should be pretty easy to add if it isn't in already, although 2.7rc1 is awfully close.

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