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

Zachary Ware zachary.ware+pydev at gmail.com
Wed Nov 15 14:29:10 EST 2017

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 1:07 PM, Steve Dower <steve.dower at python.org> wrote:
> My preferred solution for this is to rename "py.exe" to "python.exe" (or
> rather, make a copy of it with the new name), and extend (or more likely,
> rewrite) the launcher such that:
> * if argv[0] == "py.exe", use PEP 514 company/tag resolution to find and
> launch Python based on first command line argument
> * if argv[0] == "python<numeric tag>.exe", find the matching
> PythonCore/<tag> install (where tag may be a partial match - e.g.
> "python3.exe" finds the latest PythonCore/3.x)
> * else, if argv[0] == "<module><numeric tag>.exe, find the matching
> PythonCore/<tag> install and launch "-m <module>"
> With the launcher behaving like this, we can make as many hard links as we
> want in its install directory (it only gets installed once, so only needs
> one PATH entry, and this is C:\Windows for admin installs):
> * python.exe
> * python2.exe
> * python3.exe
> * python3.6.exe
> * pip.exe
> * pip2.exe
> * pip3.exe

I haven't been following this thread closely, but this sounds lovely.
I'm not terribly keen on cluttering up C:\Windows with this, but
that's a minor issue.


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