[Distutils] please fix easy_install shorter URL preference (Was: easy_install wrong download site preference)

P.J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Sun Sep 19 01:04:54 CEST 2010

At 07:59 PM 9/18/2010 +0300, anatoly techtonik wrote:
>On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 9:08 PM, P.J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> > That issue was fixed in October 2009, so you are likely using something
> > <0.6c11.
>I am using setuptools-0.6c11-py2.6.egg on Windows Vista.

Oops.  My bad - this was actually fixed only 7 months ago, in 
February 2010, and it's not in 0.6c11, only the nightly 
snapshots.  To update your installation, run:

     easy_install -U setuptools

This should give you 0.6c12dev-r_something_or_other.  ;-)

> > Note, however, that since the full source distribution *also* includes the
> > python code, all that's needed is to change its setup.py slightly and move
> > it to the root of the source tree.
>If the Python was the only code inside - that'd be acceptable, but it
>seems like the proper fix lies in setuptools AI code.

You do realize that asking everybody to update their version of 
setuptools in order to be able to install one particular package is a 
little unrealistic?  I mean, *your* setuptools is at least seven 
months out of date, so even if I changed this, how long would it be 
till your users updated?  ;-)

In truth, I do have an idea that would actually fix this problem in 
the Google case (a change to the way the source is processed after 
extraction), but it will likely be a while before I can implement it, 
and a while further still before everyone has installed the 
update.  (Note that 0.6c5 and 0.6c9 are still very popular versions, 
and 0.6c9 is like *two years* out of date.)

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