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

Phillip J. Eby pje at telecommunity.com
Thu Apr 10 01:16:20 CEST 2008

At 11:48 PM 4/9/2008 +0100, Paul Moore wrote:
>On 09/04/2008, Phillip J. Eby <pje at telecommunity.com> wrote:
> > It would be, if .eggs were a packaging format, rather than a binary
> >  distribution/runtime format.
> >
> >  Remember "eggs are to Python as jars are to Java" -- a Java .jar
> >  doesn't contain documentation either, unless it's needed at
> >  runtime.  Same for configuration files.
>And yet, Java doesn't have an equivalent of easy_install for jar
>files, to my knowledge.

Actually, OSGi and Eclipse plugins and "feature sites" come quite 
close, and setuptools rips off many of its features from them.  OSGi 
is basically a standard for additional .jar metadata to encompass 
dependencies and other info.

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