[Distutils] Q about best practices now (or near future)

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Thu Jul 18 10:30:42 CEST 2013

On Jul 18, 2013, at 4:22 AM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 18 July 2013 18:10, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 18 July 2013 08:57, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Shipping an msi installer for pip (perhaps bundling with setuptools)
>>> would also be an acceptable alternative.
>> -1.
>> I would suggest that this approach, if it were considered seriously, should
>> be reviewed carefully by someone who understands MSI installers (not me!).
>> Specifically, if I install pip via an MSI, then use "python -m pip install
>> -U pip", will the "Add/Remove Programs" entry created by the MSI still
>> uninstall cleanly? Broken uninstall options and incomplete package removals
>> are a perennial problem on Windows, usually caused by messing with installed
>> files outside control of the installer.
> This potential problem needs to be taken into account for any bundling
> solution as well. Explicit bootstrapping (with an install time option
> to invoke it in the CPython and Python launcher for Windows
> installers) is looking better all the time :)

That's only a problem if we make a MSI installer. Which I don't think we need to do.

> Cheers,
> Nick.
> --
> Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

Donald Stufft
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