[Distutils] Expectations on how pip needs to change for Python 3.4

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Sun Jul 14 05:00:21 CEST 2013

On Jul 13, 2013, at 10:59 PM, Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com> wrote:

> It is easy to forget that pip only needs the "package database" part
> of setuptools (pkg_resources.py) to install things. With the small
> catch that the rest of setuptools is required to install anything
> besides wheels.
> MEBS is just about implementing build requirements properly and giving
> pip a consistent interface to build traditional sdists *or* any new
> (sdist 2.0, distil, bento) kinds of packages that may come along.

Where "besides wheels" represents almost every single pip installable package on PyPI.

Wheels are great, but reality is we need something sane for sdists where setuptools is expected to be there.

Donald Stufft
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