[Python-Dev] "setuptools has divided the Python community"
barry at python.org
Thu Mar 26 00:25:24 CET 2009
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On Mar 25, 2009, at 6:06 PM, Tennessee Leeuwenburg wrote:
> For case one, where I want to install additional functionality into my
> system Python interpreter "forever", it would be great to have my
> manage this.
In fact, I think it /has/ to. I'll go further and say that I'm very
wary of using easy_install and the like to install non-distro provided
packages into the system Python. Many Linux distros require a
functioning system Python to operate and the distros (should) take
great care to make sure that if you install package X for application
Y, you won't break essential system service Z. Once you start
installing your own stuff in the system Python's site-packages, you
break the warranty.
There was a related problem in previous Ubuntu/Debian releases. If
you installed Python from source, say into the default /usr/local and
started easy_installing stuff into there, it was possible to break
your system Python. This was because the system Python hacked /usr/
local's site-packages into sys.path. That's now been fixed.
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