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

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Thu Nov 3 18:45:37 EDT 2016

On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 3:02 PM, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:

> It would buy *me* flexibility to use python.org build of Python, or my
> own builds. And not to have to wait for conda to release a build of a
> new version.

you are perfectly free to make your own conda package of python -- it's not
that hard.

In fact, that's one of the key benefits of conda's approach -- conda
manages python itself, so you can easily have a conda environment for the
latest development release of python.

of, for that matter, just build python from source inside an environment.

ANd if you want to build a custom python package, you don't even need your
own recipe:


and conda can provide all the dependencies for you too :-)

> Of course, I have specialised needs, so that's not an
> important consideration for the conda developers.

True -- though the particular need of using a custom-compiled python is
actually pretty well supported!

 Caveat: I've never tried this -- and since conda itself uses Python, you
may break conda if you install a python that can't run conda. But maybe not
-- conda could be smart enough to use its "root" install of python
regardless of what python you have in your environment. in fact, I think
that is the case. when I am in an activated conda environment, the "conda"
command is a link to the root conda command, so Im pretty sure it will use
the root python to run itself.


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