[Distutils] pip on windows experience

Oscar Benjamin oscar.j.benjamin at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 15:42:29 CET 2014

On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:16:02PM +0000, Paul Moore wrote:
> The official numpy installer uses some complex magic to select the
> right binaries based on your CPU, and this means that the official
> numpy "superpack" wininst files don't convert (at least I don't think
> they do, it's a while since I tried).

It's probably worth noting that numpy are toying around with wheels and
have uploaded a number of them to PyPI for testing:

Currently there are only OSX wheels there (excluding the puer Python
ones) and they're not available on PyPI. I assume that they're waiting
for a solution for the Windows installer (a post-install script for
wheels). That would give a lot more impetus to put wheels up on PyPI.

The Sourceforge OSX wheels are presumably not getting that much use
right now. The OSX-specific numpy wheel has been downloaded 4 times in
the last week: twice on Windows and twice on Linux!

> But happily, Christoph Gohlke hosts a huge list of readymade wininst
> installers for hard-to-build projects, and the 3 you mention are all
> there. He's very good about building for latest Pythons, too (3.4 is
> already there for many packages). Anyone working on Windows who
> doesn't know his site
> (http://www.lfd.uci.edu/~gohlke/pythonlibs/) should check it out.

Also I've seen Cristoph mention on the numpy-discussion list that he was
at leasting testing building wheels although none seem to be available
on his site at the moment.


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