[Distutils] flip the pip dependencies (was Current status of PEP 439)

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Sat Jul 13 22:08:13 CEST 2013

On 13 July 2013 20:35, Marcus Smith <qwcode at gmail.com> wrote:

> The drawbacks of bundling setuptools:
> 1) maybe some weird bug/side-effect shows up after we do it (ok, maybe
> that's FUD)

One possible issue is with the "install from sdist" code, which runs Python
in a subprocess with the "import setuptools, etc etc" incantation to force
always using setuptools. That may break (or at least need changing) for a
bundled setuptools, which won't be visible from the top level by default.
Worth checking, anyway.

Of course, this code path becomes less important as we move towards
installing from wheels, but it's going to be a while before that's the norm.


PS Apologies if I already said this. I'm losing track of what I've replied
to and what I've just thought about on this thread :-(
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