[Distutils] Plans for binary wheels, and PyPi and OS-X

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Thu Oct 31 22:34:19 CET 2013

On 1 Nov 2013 06:50, "Tres Seaver" <tseaver at palladion.com> wrote:
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> On 10/31/2013 02:24 PM, Donald Stufft wrote:
> > To be honest the same problems likely exists on Windows, it?s just
> > less likely and the benefits of prebuilt binaries greater.
> For all platforms *except* Windows, wheels are essentially caches --
> there is no real reason to distribute them via PyPI at all, because OSx
> and Linux develpoers will have tools to build them from sdists.

They're caches that can speed things up a *lot*, though, and for new users
"can build C extensions" is a higher bar than "can run Python and pip".

Given PEP 453, it's probably worth allowing wheels on Mac OS X in pip 1.5,
then we can tackle the thornier general *nix problem in the pip 1.6 time
frame (which should also improve external dependency handling on Windows
and Mac OS X as well).


> Pip *does* need to allow installing them on those platforms, but probably
> only via explicit paths / URLS (rather than finding them on PyPI).
> Tres.
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