[Distutils] Removing dependency_links

Michael van Tellingen michaelvantellingen at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 15:45:41 CET 2013

On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:49 PM, Chris Jerdonek
<chris.jerdonek at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 12:04 PM, Chris Jerdonek
> <chris.jerdonek at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM, Donald Stufft <donald at stufft.io>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Here’s the list of dependency links for the projects that still use
> them in their latest releases:
> >>
> >> https://gist.github.com/dstufft/7185162
> >>
> >> A good number of them are either bogus, are pointing directly to PyPI,
> or are file:// urls that are highly unlikely to exist on anyones computer
> but the author’s. All in all there are 307 total unique links in this set
> of packages, and 99 of them are not reachable from my computer
> (requests.get(…) raises an exception).
> >
> > I actually know a couple people on this list.  I can ask them and see if
> the list can be reduced further. :)
> So I asked the person I know, and this is what he said, "Yes, we have
> to use it!  It's the only way to allow a package to install other
> packages that aren't on PyPI-- for instance, a custom fork of a
> library."
> Is there another approach or work-around he can be using?  What is the
> "right" way for him to do it?
> --Chris

Note that some projects also use the dependency_links to point to
development packages. See for example

Although this approach doesn't always work reliably in my experience
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