Third Party Modules

David Robinow drobinow at
Tue Apr 28 20:49:11 CEST 2009

On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:15 PM, John Nagle <nagle at> wrote:
> Brock wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> I know this is most likely a basic question and you will roll your
>> eyes, but I am just starting out with Python (hobbyist) and I see many
>> tutorials on the web referring to the use of external modules.
>> However, when I locate them, they often come as a zipped folder with a
>> number of files.  How do I install them?  In addition, is there an
>> easy way to manage external modules? Some I see require additional
>> modules not included.
>   There are several different mechanism for handling this, and they all
> suck.
> The whole Python module distribution scheme is so uncoordinated that there's
> no uniform way to do this.  It's not your fault.
>   There's "python ./".  There are "eggs", which are supposed to
> install very simply, but in practice usually fail to install properly,
> producing obscure error messages.  There are Windows installers.
> There's no consistency.
>   I'm currently struggling with guiding users through installation
> of a Python program I put on SourceForge. I have to explain to them how
> to install three different external modules which don't have compatible
> installation mechanisms.
>   I'm not going to put Python software out for public use again.  I don't
> have the time to deal with this crap.
>                                        John Nagle
>                                        Animats
> --

Well, John, I do have the time to deal with this crap, since I'm
retired, or unemployed, or somewhere in between. I have no idea if you
have any useful software to share. But feel free to give your users my
email address (drobinow at and I'll do my best to help.

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