[Distutils] Current Python packaging status (from my point of view)

Donald Stufft donald at stufft.io
Wed Nov 2 14:31:39 EDT 2016

> On Nov 2, 2016, at 2:22 PM, Chris Barker <chris.barker at noaa.gov> wrote:
> or you may decide to ONLY support conda -- my use case is a big pile of tangled dependencies (yes, lots o' scientific stuff) that is fairly easy to manage in conda and freekin' nightmare without it.

Sure. Do whatever you want, I don’t think anyone here thinks you absolutely must use pip. :) [1]

My point is just that even if you narrow yourself down to CPython 3.6.0 there are still variations that can cause problems so each project individually ends up needing to decide what they support. Often times “unsupported” variations will still work unless they go out of their way to break it, but not always.

[1] There seems to be some animosity among pip supporters and conda supports, or at least a perception that there is. I’d just like to say that this isn’t really shared (to my knowledge) by the development teams of either project. I think everyone involved thinks folks should use whatever solution best allows them to solve whatever problem they are having.

Donald Stufft

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