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

Paul Moore p.f.moore at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 00:01:18 CET 2009

2009/3/25 Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu>:
> Is it possible to write an egg to bdist converter (or vice versa)?

No idea. But would it help? Distributors would still only provide one
or the other, so when only an egg is available, I'd still have to
convert it - which is certainly pretty simple, but so is python
setup.py bdist_wininst.

I don't think it's simply about how easy it is to create installers
for yourself. If a developer provides an egg, and I convert it to a
bdist_wininst, who helps me if there's an installation problem?
(Assume "me" is someone just trying to use Python as a tool - say, one
of the scientists David Cournapeau referred to earlier in the thread).


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