[Distutils] pip merges wheel

Marcus Smith qwcode at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 04:38:53 CET 2013

the pip docs have a cookbook entry now for the wheel support

the usage reference is up to date as well


On Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 5:06 PM, Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com> wrote:

> Earlier today we merged the existing wheel branch into mainline pip.
> This adds opt-in wheel install support (built into pip, "pip install
> --use-wheel ...") and the convenient "pip wheel ..." command for
> creating the wheels you need.
> "pip wheel ..." uses the wheel reference implementation ("pip install
> wheel") to compile a dependency tree as .whl archives. Used together
> with "pip install --use-wheel ..." it provides a powerful way to speed
> up repeated installs and reap other good packaging benefits. I've been
> using this code in production for months and it works well.
> I am now a pip maintainer. We are committed to offering excellent
> wheel support in pip including a good way to produce and consume the
> format. In the future we will likely refactor the code to offer the
> same features with more distlib and less setuptools but this change
> will be mostly transparent to the end user. Once everyone is
> comfortable with the format we will move towards installing wheels by
> default when they are available instead of requiring the --use-wheel
> flag.
> Enjoy! Please share your experiences with the new feature. The most
> common issue is that you must install distribute >= 0.6.34 for
> everything to work well.
> Daniel Holth
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