[Distutils] Get dependencies of a package without full download
vinay_sajip at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Apr 2 11:48:50 CEST 2015
From: Daniel Holth <dholth at gmail.com>
> Vinay Sajip was maintaining metadata as described here, I'm sure there are functions
> in distil to help fetch it.
Yes, though there is no need for any special API to access it - the
metadata is in JSON files served statically. You just make a standard HTTP
request, using the client library of your choice, to get a specific URL. The files are under
And you can just use a browser to browse the metadata from this starting point.
> The most severe problem with this data is of course that it is not always correct because
> the environment he evaluated setup.py in to get the data may be different than yours.
Indeed, which is why declarative metadata is so important. Down with setup.py!
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