[Distutils] The future of invoking pip

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Mon Nov 9 18:41:30 EST 2015

On Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 3:27 AM, James Bennett <ubernostrum at gmail.com> wrote:

> Python scripts directly and without having to do hackery with
> supporting/requiring 'python -m' or similar is too useful and commonly
> used. So faced with either (essentially) forcing a trend of every
> command-line tool having to be invoked with 'python -m',

pip is a special case -- for MOST python command line tools, the user does
not care which python it is running with -- if it works, it works.

the failure case we are trying to address here is when "pip install" works
sjtu fine -- it finds and installs the package into the python pip is
associated with -- it just doesn't do what the user wants and expects!

any other script can be run with any python that will work -- if a user has
ten different versions of python installed, and every different python-bsed
tool they use uses a different one -- who cares, as long as it works.

or requiring people with complex multi-Python installations to be more
> careful, I choose the "be more careful" option (i.e., I would strenuously
> resist changing Django's admin script to "python -m django" if this were
> proposed to Django today).

Well, the exception to the above is people developing those scripts, but
they should know better -- and so should a sysadmin instaling a django app.



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