Time for a Python "distribution" ? was:Not enough Python library development

Paul Prescod paulp at ActiveState.com
Thu Jul 5 23:55:58 CEST 2001


Bjorn Pettersen wrote:
> 
>..
> Which is just begging for someone to do:
> 
>   try:
>     import Numeric
>   except ImportError:
>     import pyppm
>     pyppm.install('Numeric')
>     import Numeric
> 
> <wink>?

Heh. For years we (the Python development community, not ActiveState in
particular) have been talking about having the import statement *itself*
download the module you asked for. But the person promoting that vision
on the development team has been distracted by other projects. You could
imagine something like:

import "http://Numeric.sourceforge.net/numeric.tar.gz"

But nobody is working on that right now.

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