[Neuroimaging] Technical details managing Python versions and packages.

Yaroslav Halchenko lists at onerussian.com
Mon Aug 3 20:40:30 CEST 2015

On Mon, 03 Aug 2015, Matthew Brett wrote:

> >> You can also easily junk a set of installs with:

> >> rmvirtualenv my-env

> >> How do you do that?

> > not sure on specifics of this question -- "rm -rf my-env"? ;)  My
> > virtualenvs aren't usually long-lived.

> Sorry - I only meant that - if I do say apt-get install python-vtk -
> then I will get that package and all the relevant dependencies, as
> decided by the packager.  Then I will get those packages in all my
> virtualenvs with ``--system-site-packages``, past and present, which
> might change their behavior.  

that is right!  and if my package depends on that behavior, and starts
to fail -- I better know that! ;)

> So I can't easily do evanescent installs
> of these packages, as I can with the wheels / virtualenvs approach.

noone forbids you to use virtualenv without --system-site-packages if
pypi-as-of-today-pristine  state is what you want/need.  In my case I
rarely need/want a sanitarization at this level.

Yaroslav O. Halchenko, Ph.D.
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