Where to get BeautifulSoup--www.crummy.com appears to be down.

Tim Golden mail at timgolden.me.uk
Wed Apr 23 19:12:45 CEST 2008


John Nagle wrote:
> Mike Driscoll wrote:
>> Ken,
>>
>> On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 1:36 PM, Kenneth McDonald
>> <kenneth.m.mcdonald at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>>> Sadly.
>>>
>>>  Thanks,
>>>  Ken
>>>  --
>>>  http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/python-list
>>>
>>
>> I've attached the 2.4 version. I also have some Windows binaries for
>> Beautiful Soup uploaded to my website:
>> http://www.pythonlibrary.org/python_modules.htm
> 
>    What on earth do you need a "Windows binary" for?  "BeautifulSoup"
> is ONE PYTHON SOURCE FILE, "BeautifulSoup.py".

Ummm.. Why does it bother you? Mike seems to be offering a public
service to Windows users: by downloading the .exe, I can double-click
on one file, have the module or package installed (whether it contains
one .py file or twenty or a series of compiled extension modules and 
their respective DLLs) and for a bonus it's registered in the system
packages directory [*] and is therefore uninstallable from there.

It's not much different from a Linux distro offering BeautifulSoup via
its module repository: apt-get or yum or whatever. Certainly, if you
prefer, then go to PyPI or to the source address which you helpfully
provided and download the one python source file. I'm sure I don't mind.

TJG

[*] Which isn't, admittedly, what everyone wants to happen...



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