eggs considered harmful

John J. Lee jjl at
Mon Jun 25 22:53:31 CEST 2007

Harry George < at> writes:

> Robert Kern <robert.kern at> writes:
> This is a possibility.  The tarballs can be seen in a directory
> listing.  They are in different subdirs (for different "bundles" of
> functionality), so I'll need -f to look several places.

One possibility here is to have a script maintain symlinks (or have it
otherwise appropriately configure a web server).

> I agree pure eggs are rare.  The fact that they increased this past
> quarter was what concerned me.  ZODB even looks like a normal tarball,
> builds ok, but uses a easy-install-style lookup during install.

All setuptools-based packages work this way: they have a that
(roughly) imports the setup function from setuptools rather than


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