Please don't use "setuptools", the "rotten .egg" install system.

Rick Johnson rantingrickjohnson at
Wed Jan 18 15:26:05 EST 2012

On Jan 18, 12:24 pm, John Nagle <na... at> wrote:
>    Please don't use "setuptools", the so-called "easy"
> installation system in your packages.  It just makes things
> more complicated, adds dependencies, and needs too many weird
> options if things aren't exactly where it wants them.  Since
> "setuptools" is non-standard, it has to be installed before
> installing other things.
> In particular, if you're using
>         somepython install
> don't require setuptools.  Setuptools isn't doing anything
> for anybody at that point.
> "egg" files are usually more trouble than they're worth.


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