[Distutils] PEX at Twitter (re: PEX - Twitter's multi-platform executable archive format for Python)

Noah Kantrowitz noah at coderanger.net
Sat Feb 1 19:20:49 CET 2014

On Feb 1, 2014, at 1:36 AM, Vinay Sajip <vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> On Sat, 1/2/14, Noah Kantrowitz <noah at coderanger.net> wrote:
>> In all but a tiny number of cases, you could use a symlink for this.
>> Much less magic :-)
> That's "POSIX is all there is" myopia, right there. While recent versions
> of Windows have symlinks more like POSIX symlinks, XP only has a
> stunted version called "reparse points" or "junction points" which are
> not really fit for purpose. I think you'll find that XP environments are found
> in rather more than "a tiny number of cases", and even though Microsoft
> has end-of-lifed XP in terms of support, I fear it'll be around for a while
> yet.

Junctions on Windows are actually more flexible than POSIX symlinks, and I have in fact used them for Python packages before when doing Django dev on Windows XP.


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