[Distutils] Replacing pip.exe with a Python script

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Tue Jul 16 13:25:15 CEST 2013

On 16 July 2013 12:04, Oscar Benjamin <oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 16 July 2013 11:28, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Two thoughts for the wider audience:
> >
> > 1. Should pip re-vendor a newer version of distlib, so we have the exe
> > wrappers? We currently have 0.1.1 and 0.1.2 is on PyPI.
> In what way would that affect anyone?

Sorry, you're right - that's really for the pip developers.

> > 2. Would writing a distutils extension class in setup.py to make the exe
> > wrappers using the vendored distlib.scripts package be acceptable to
> remove
> > the runtime dependency on pkg_resources from the wrappers?
> Does that mean that an end user would need a C compiler in a situation
> where they previously didn't?

I don't believe so - distlib bundles the compiled code.

On the other hand, I'm missing something, as I don't see how the *current*
exe wrappers avoid meaning that there need to be separate 32-bit and 64-bit
versions of pip...

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