[Distutils] Executable wrappers and upgrading pip (Was: Current status of PEP 439 (pip boostrapping))

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Mon Jul 15 00:17:59 CEST 2013

On 14 July 2013 23:09, Noah Kantrowitz <noah at coderanger.net> wrote:

> > Another option we may want to consider is an actual msi installer for
> pip (I'm not sure that would actually help, but it's worth looking into),
> as well as investigating what other self-updating Windows apps (like
> Firefox) do to handle this problem.
> They do the "exec a helper executable that replaces the original"
> approach, which works fine for non-console apps since there isn't the
> problem of the shell getting confused :-/

Generally, I don't think that going down the route of MSIs is a good move.
They aren't a good fit for this problem. Apart from anything else, they
won't support installing into a virtualenv.

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