[Distutils] Re: CPAN functionality for python - requirements

Aahz Maruch aahz at panix.com
Wed Feb 28 03:19:15 CET 2001

In article <mailman.983298609.17548.python-list at python.org>,
John J. Lee <phrxy at csv.warwick.ac.uk> wrote:
>On Tue, 27 Feb 2001, Sean Reifschneider wrote:
>> On Tue, Feb 27, 2001 at 09:30:13AM -0700, Evelyn Mitchell wrote:
>>>But it will also discover and resolve dependences in your perl
>>>site-packages, and automatically fetch them from your closest
>>>CPAN archive.
>> Not according to my tests the night before last.  I did a test CPAN
>> install of "News::Newsrc", which failed because the "make test" was
>> failing.  I then installed the "Set::BitSet" (?  Something like that)
>> module and tried News::Newsrc again and it worked...
>Did you use CPAN.pm?  CPAN the archive doesn't do dependencies.
>Dependencies are listed in the Makefile.PL (BTW, I have no idea why the
>capitalised PL), and after the module CPAN.pm downloads what you asked
>for, it checks that to see if there are dependencies, then downloads them
>if you don't already have them installed.

It may depend on the version of CPAN.pm; last time I used Perl, it
didn't have this functionality (about three years ago).
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