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

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Fri Oct 9 14:38:42 CEST 2009

Paul Moore wrote:
> 2009/10/9 Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net>:
>> Ian Bicking <ianb <at> colorstudy.com> writes:
>>> Someone mentioned that easy_install provided some things pip didn't;
>>> outside of multi-versioned installs (which I'm not very enthusiastic
>>> about) I'm not sure what this is?
>> http://pip.openplans.org/#differences-from-easy-install
>> If it's obsolete the website should be updated...
> Specifically, combine "only installs from source" with "might not work
> on Windows" and the result is pretty certainly unusable for C
> extensions on Windows. You can pretty much guarantee that the average
> user on Windows won't have a C compiler[1], and even if they do, they
> won't be able to carefully line up all the 3rd party C libraries
> needed to build some extensions.
> Binary packages are essential on Windows.
Definitely. Most Windows users won't have any compilers let alone 2.


> Paul.
> [1] Heck, some extensions only build with mingw, others only build
> with MSVC. You need *two* compilers :-(
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