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

Tarek Ziadé ziade.tarek at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 01:21:20 CEST 2009

On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 1:11 AM, kiorky <kiorky at cryptelium.net> wrote:
> Tarek Ziadé a écrit :
>> The choice to deprecate easy_install in 0.7 is done because the Pip project
>> is not far to meet all uses cases easy_install users have, and we're betting
>> on the fact that Pip is active and will be much more advanced that what
>> we could do with a 'new' refactored easy_install by the time 0.7 is ready.
> But how about retro-compatibility?
> Like with all those buildout recipes which relies on setuptool APIs
> (Requirement, PackageIndex and so on), it's a risk to break same at some point.

Keep in mind that Distribute 0.6.x will still be maintained and will
still provide easy_install and al,
and that you will be able to rely on it for your projects.

Distribute 0.7.x is to be considered as a new project in some ways :
all namespaces
will be different and the code will not interfer with a 0.6 installation.

So a buildout recipe will have the choice to use the old packages you
are mentioning and
at some point evolve and use the new tools 0.7 will provide.


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