[Distutils] Packaging multiple wheels in the same archive

Nir Cohen nir36g at gmail.com
Thu Nov 24 11:11:51 EST 2016

Should we provide that as an abstraction in the wagon maybe so that it
allows for easy importing?

On Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 3:49 PM Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 24 November 2016 at 16:45, Nir Cohen <nir36g at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Well, creating on Windows and deploying on Linux will only be possible if
> > the entire set of dependencies either have no C extensions or are
> manylinux1
> > wheels.. but yeah, that's pretty much what we're doing right now with our
> > reference implementation.
> >
> > Regarding zipimporter, as far as I understand (correct me if I'm wrong)
> > there's no such a solution for wheels (i.e. you can't use zipimporter on
> a
> > zip of wheels) so does that means we'll have to package python files for
> all
> > dependencies directly in the archive?
> Right, there would be a couple of significant barriers to doing this
> in the general case:
> - firstly, wheels themselves are officially only a transport format,
> with direct imports being a matter of "we're not going to do anything
> to deliberately break the cases that work, but you're also on your own
> if anything goes wrong for any given use case":
> https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0427/#is-it-possible-to-import-python-code-directly-from-a-wheel-file
> - secondly, I don't think zipimporter handles archives-within-archives
> - it handles directories within archives, so it would require that the
> individual wheels by unpacked and the whole structure archived as one
> big directory tree
> Overall, it sounds to me more like the "archive an entire installed
> virtual environment" use case than it does the "transfer a collection
> of pre-built artifacts from point A to point B" use case (which, to be
> fair, is an interesting use case in its own right, its just a slightly
> different problem).
> Cheers,
> Nick.
> --
> Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia
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