[Numpy-discussion] Proposal: stop supporting 'setup.py install'; start requiring 'pip install .' instead

Nathaniel Smith njs at pobox.com
Tue Oct 27 03:28:05 EDT 2015

On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:19 AM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 6:44 AM, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
>> [...]
>> > I believe that this would also break both 'easy_install numpy', and
>> > attempts to install numpy via the setup_requires= argument to
>> > setuptools.setup (because setup_requires= implicitly calls
>> > easy_install). install_requires= would *not* be affected, and
>> > setup_requires= would still be fine in cases where numpy was already
>> > installed.
>> On further investigation, it looks like the simplest approach to doing
>> this would actually treat easy_install and setup_requires= the same
>> way as they treat pip, i.e., they would all be allowed. (I was
>> misreading some particularly confusing code in setuptools.)
>> It also looks like easy_installed packages can at least be safely
>> upgraded, so I guess allowing this is okay :-).
> I just discovered https://bitbucket.org/dholth/setup-requires, which ensures
> that setup_requires uses pip instead of easy_install. So we can not only
> keep setup-requires working, but make it work significantly better.

IIUC this is not something that we (= numpy) could use ourselves, but
instead something that everyone who does setup_requires=["numpy"]
would have to set up in their individual projects?


Nathaniel J. Smith -- http://vorpus.org

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