Python packaging usabilty (distutils) - automatic downloading required packages

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Sat Feb 25 10:29:45 EST 2012

XLiIV, 25.02.2012 15:47:
> There is many packaging solutions for python.
> I was confused about that but it's nothing. I had to pick one of them.
> I picked distutils because it's part of standard python since 3.3, am
> i right?

Distutils has been part of Python's stdlib for ages.

> My goal is to write with this feature: 'download required
> package if not installed already, like sqlalchemy'.
> How can I achieve that with DISTUTILS?
> I found out that  is not possible, seriously? I can't believe that.
> It's basic function, I think.
> Do I really switch to setuptools?

No, use "distribute" instead.


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