[IPython-dev] Easy Installation

Carl Smith carl.input at gmail.com
Sun Jun 10 22:11:39 EDT 2012

I don't know if this already exists, but in case it doesn't: I'd
suggest a simple magic for doing an upgrade from a standard IPython,
got from a distro's repo, to a recent version, with all the cool bits.
I found it difficult to get the HTML or the regular GUIs working at
first, it's a case of "easy once you know how", which can really kill
efforts to increase the user-base. After all, why would you spend a
hour learning how to set up something you've never used, if you're not
even sure it's any good? You have to see some solid media to be
convinced first.

It's easy to get a working IPython 0.12 from a new distro, else 0.11
or something, but too difficult to upgrade as a new user. If there is
an easy way, it isn't documented?


Sorry, I'm just rambling now.

All the best.

On 11 June 2012 02:40, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 6:36 PM, Thomas Kluyver <takowl at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Your mention of --user had me thinking of something that will do
>> standard installation if it has the necessary privileges (e.g. in a
>> virtualenv) and the equivalent of --user otherwise.
>> Also, for novice users, something tab-completable with an obvious name
>> (%installpkg?) would be handy.
>> Ideally I'd like it not to depend on anything beyond the standard
>> library, but I have a feeling it might require distribute. Although
>> 'packaging' in Python 3.3 should resolve that.
> Knock yourself out... But as I said, packaging is a minefield, and
> many brave souls have already died on it.  We'd hate to lose you ;)
> f
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