[Python-Dev] [Distutils] how to easily consume just the parts of eggs that are good for you

zooko zooko at zooko.com
Thu Apr 10 00:20:30 CEST 2008

On Apr 9, 2008, at 12:40 PM, Phillip J. Eby wrote:
>> You are talking here about bdist_rpm and not about a tool that  
>> would take
>> a Python package distributed as an egg file and convert the egg to  
>> an rpm
>> or a deb.  Unfortunately, some Python packagers are beginning to  
>> limit
>> their focus only to egg distribution.  That creates a problem for  
>> users
>> who have native operating system package management.
> That is indeed a problem -- but it's a social one, not a technical
> one.  It's trivial for the publisher of an egg to change their
> command line from "setup.py bdist_egg upload" to "setup.py sdist
> bdist_egg upload", as soon as their users (politely) request that  
> they do so.

In general, it would be good if eggs came with .py files by default  
instead of .pyc files.

I've opened a ticket on my setuptools trac about this proposal:

http://allmydata.org/trac/setuptools/ticket/5 # binary eggs should  
come with .py files by default, rather than .pyc files



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