[Distutils] Please do not remove dependency_links

Daniel Holth dholth at gmail.com
Fri Jan 17 20:12:28 CET 2014

On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Hannes Schmidt <hannes at ucsc.edu> wrote:
> Thank you for your suggestions, Donald. They are both feasible but they feel
> like workarounds to me.
> Manually listing transitive dependencies seems like a step backwards to me.
> Isn't the whole point of setuptools/distutils that each component manages
> its own list of dependencies? How will this scale to dozens of transitive
> dependencies and busy development teams where dependencies are revved
> frequently. I really liked what Maven did for Java and therefore liked what
> pip is trying to do for Python.
> I haven't used --find-links yet so I may be wrong but tarring up packages
> and serving them by a web server is additional work that I'd rather avoid.
> It just creates yet another copy of the package and requires maintaining an
> additional server component.
> I loved the fact that I could point pip directly at my source repos for both
> my top-level projects as well as their dependencies. That seemed like a
> perfect fit for an interpreted language like Python where packages are
> distributed in source form. Removing dependency_links makes that feature
> useless to me because it doesn't extend to dependencies, only top level
> components.

IIUC a dependency link is the same as passing --find-links=x for that
URL. I understand this doesn't exactly solve your problem.

Your internal projects are in private bitbucket repositories?

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