[Python-Dev] Distutils and Distribute roadmap (and some words on Virtualenv, Pip)

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Thu Oct 8 15:52:57 CEST 2009

Simon Cross wrote:
>  On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:31 AM, Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek at gmail.com> wrote:
>> = Virtualenv and the multiple version support in Distribute =
> ...
>> My opinion is that this tool exists only because Python doesn't
>> support the installation of multiple versions for the same
>> distributions.
> This is not at all how I use virtualenv. For me virtualenv is a
> sandbox so that I don't have to become root whenever I need to install
> a Python package for testing purposes and to allow me to hop between
> sets of installed Python packages while developing on multiple Python
> projects. I also use it as a sandbox for build bots so that multiple
> bots on the same machine can each build their own projects with just
> the known dependencies installed.

This is exactly why I use virtualenv as well. I don't recall ever having 
wanted / needed to install multiple versions of the same library - 
whilst I can appreciate that it *can* be a real issue it has never been 
a problem for me.


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> Simon
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