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

Olemis Lang olemis at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 20:47:43 CET 2009

On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 2:36 PM, Tres Seaver <tseaver at palladion.com> wrote:
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> Barry Warsaw wrote:
>> 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
>>> system
>>> 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.
> Exactly:  I never use easy_isntall to put packages into the system
> python.  in fact, I only use it inside a virtalenv-generated isolated
> environment.

What about the proposal I made about the smarter easy_install ...
isn't that just enough ?



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