[Python-Dev] "setuptools has divided the Python community"

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Wed Mar 25 18:29:25 CET 2009

Paul Moore wrote:
> 2009/3/25 Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com>:

> Since setuptools came on the scene, I can state with some certainty
> that many packages which would otherwise have been distributed as
> bdist_wininst installers, now aren't. In some cases, only source
> packages are provided (on the basis that easy_install will build what
> you need). In those cases, I can accept that maybe the developer would
> not have built Windows installers even before setuptools arrived. But
> in a significant number of cases - including setuptools itself!!!! -
> binary, version-specific eggs for Windows are provided, but no
> bdist_wininst installers. If the developer is willing to build an egg,
> he could just as easily have built an installer - but he now has to
> choose - build one or the other, or both. And not everyone chooses the
> same way.

Is it possible to write an egg to bdist converter (or vice versa)?

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