[Distutils] Handling the binary dependency management problem

Oscar Benjamin oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 16:22:26 CET 2013

On Dec 1, 2013 1:10 PM, "Paul Moore" <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1 December 2013 04:15, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 2. For cross-platform handling of external binary dependencies, we
> > recommend boostrapping the open source conda toolchain, and using that
> > to install pre-built binaries (currently administered by the Continuum
> > Analytics folks). Specifically, commands like the following should
> > work on POSIX systems without needing any local build machinery, and
> > without needing all the projects in the chain to publish wheels: "pip
> > install conda && conda init && conda install ipython"
> Hmm, this is a somewhat surprising change of direction.

Indeed it is. Can you clarify a little more how you've come to this
conclusion, Nick and perhaps explain what conda is?

I looked at conda some time ago and it seemed to be aimed at HPC (high
performance computing) clusters which is a niche use case where you have
large networks of computation nodes containing identical hardware. (unless
I'm conflating it with something else).

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