[Distutils] setuptools dependencies failure and wildcards

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Mon Mar 15 02:09:05 CET 2010

At 08:49 AM 3/15/2010 +1100, Nick Bower wrote:
>Thanks but why would easy install go to pypi, ignore the obvious
>download urls

It doesn't ignore them; it loads them, along with any found on "home 
page" or "download" links from there.  It just doesn't choose one to 
use until it's seen all of them, in order to make sure it gets the 
best match, rather than just the first match.

>and proceed to an external wiki to text search for a (as
>you point out broken) URL. Ie why not satisfy the dependency from the
>pypi page alone?

As I said below, it has to do with the sort order for URLs that are 
otherwise equally usable:

>On 15/03/2010, at 3:18 AM, "P.J. Eby" <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
>>easy_install is seeing this link and thinks it's preferable, due to
>>the way it sorts candidate URLs, and it isn't smart enough (yet) to
>>backtrack on broken links.

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