[Python-Dev] updating ensurepip to include wheel

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Sun Aug 16 17:24:35 CEST 2015

On Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 10:52:00AM -0400, Donald Stufft wrote:

> > So what is the benefit of including wheel with ensurepip?
> pip has an optional dependency on wheel, if you install that optional 
> dependency than you’ll get the implicit wheel cache enabled by default 
> which can drastically improve installation speeds by caching built 
> artifacts (i.e. ``pip instal lxml`` multiple times only compiles it 
> once). The goal is to get more people getting the benefits of that by 
> default instead of requiring them to know they need to ``pip install 
> wheel`` after the fact.

Thanks for the explanation.

And ensurepip couldn't install wheel as part of the process of 
installing pip?


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