[Python-ideas] Looking for input to help with the pip situation

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Mon Nov 13 21:47:18 EST 2017

On 14 November 2017 at 11:51, Nathaniel Smith <njs at pobox.com> wrote:
> What if instead of installing a standard entry point, the pip
> executable was installed as
> #!/bin/sh
> exec python -m pip "$@"
> on Unix-likes

It would technically be enough to make the shebang line
`#!/usr/bin/env python` so the interpreter used was picked up from the
environment, rather than being preconfigured at install time. However,
the problem is that you don't know for certain that that python will
actually have `pip` installed, so it might just fail with a cryptic
error instead.

However, `pip` could potentially be updated with a `checkenv`
subcommand that complains if `sys.executable` and
`shutil.which('python')` don't match (and could presumably include
other checks as well).

> and a pip.bat with the equivalent contents on Windows?
> (Bonus: maybe this would fix the problem with upgrading pip on
> Windows?)

Depending on how the batch file was written, I think the answer to
that is "maybe":


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