[Distutils] Are there any plans to move to pip/wheels in buildout?

Matthew Iversen matt at notevencode.com
Sun Dec 7 12:42:44 CET 2014

Err, slipped my mind that Donald is working on
https://github.com/pypa/packaging which also might end up being what I was
describing in my previous message

On 7 December 2014 at 20:28, Matthew Iversen <matt at notevencode.com> wrote:

> Between setuptools / wheel / pip / virtualenv there is actually a good
> case for a shared common code project to vendor from. The easiest example
> of functionality contained within this would be version parsing, although
> there are a number of other features as well (eg installing a wheel).
> Currently the case is that this is half done by pip vendoring setuptools'
> pkg_resources.py although I think it would be of great benefit to all
> projects to formalise this situation into a new discrete codebase in the
> future. Distlib is a candidate project to fulfill this role but it would
> need a good bit of vetting beforehand AFAIK.
> Pip doesn't offer any api mainly because is too messy / large / would take
> away too much time for the developers to spend time creating a good api
> that we could stick to. Sort of "We'd love to, but have you seen the issue
> list... :(".
> In that respect that is actually the use case that distlib aims to
> provide. Pip currently uses distlib's code to install wheels.
> That said I'd reiterate Donald's comment that we'd love to see a
> wanted-functionality list from projects like buildout for such a
> hypothetical official future utility project.
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