[Distutils] [distribute] distribute_setup.py fails on Linux

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 14:14:56 CET 2011

On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM, Arve Knudsen <arve.knudsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM, Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Arve Knudsen <arve.knudsen at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > Hi Tarek
>> > Nevermind, there was a problem with the Python installation so that it
>> > didn't support zlib. Reinstalling Python fixed it :) Sorry for bothering
>> > you. It might be an idea to embellish distribute_setup.py though, so
>> > that it
>> > detects that Python can't untar the gzipped archive (due to missing zlib
>> > support). That would've saved us some confusion at least :)
>> > Arve
>> Oh.. mmm I think this should even be addressed in tarfile if possible:
>> if tarfile encounters a zipped archive, and zlib is not installed, it
>> should not return a cryptic
>> tarfile.ReadError: file could not be opened successfully
>> But an error like
>> tarfile.ReadError: archive not supported (zlib not installed)
> Of course, tarfile *should* address this.
>> And well, searching for this error in bugs.python.org, it looks like
>> it will be addressed soon: http://bugs.python.org/issue8978
> Nice surprise :) However, it'll only help with fixed versions of Python, no?
> I figure distribute aims to support older Pythons as well.

Sure,  we simply make sure zlib is installed there since Distribute is
always a targz

Patches are welcome :D

Tarek Ziadé | http://ziade.org

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