[Distutils] distil 0.1.1 released

Vinay Sajip vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk
Thu May 2 19:29:12 CEST 2013

> From: Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com>
> But nevertheless, for my current usage, distil install foo is 99% of the time a
> user error, as I maintain a completely clean system Python, and do all my
> package installs in virtualenvs. Maybe the per-user site packages is something
> I should be using, and if I do, then I can afford to be less obsessive about keeping
> my system Python clean. But until distil became available, I haven't had the tools to
> work with the user site packages directory, so it's new ground for me.

If you do all your package installs into venvs, then isn't "distil -e venvdir install foo" enough? You don't need to activate the venv, just tell distil which venv
to install into via the -e.

> The one thing that *is* different between Unix and Windows is that on Unix, the
> hashbang line of #!/usr/bin/env python will use the currently active Python (system or
> virtualenv as appropriate) but under Windows it will always use the system Python (2
> or 3 depending on py.ini). Maybe the launcher should treat /sur/bin/env python differently,
> and try looking on PATH before using the default in that case, but that's not how it works,
> sadly (indeed, there's no way of getting that behaviour with the current launcher). I can
> imagine having a virtualenv active and running distil install foo and being surprised that the
> install doesn't go to the active virtualenv.

I have implemented path searching in the launcher, but it's currently disabled. I can re-enable it (such that the path is only searched if the PYLAUNCH_SEARCHPATH environment variable is set) and create a new release of the standalone launcher - are you willing to be a guinea pig for this functionality?


Vinay Sajip

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