[python-uk] easy_install pip won't work, am concerned Ministry of Packaging may chase after me.

Jonathan Hartley tartley at tartley.com
Thu Apr 1 11:59:20 CEST 2010

On 01/04/2010 02:39, Jon Ribbens wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 10:14:50PM +0100, Ed Stafford wrote:
>>     Mike,
>>     Glad it worked for you. Although the Ubuntu team does a fine job of
>>     package management I'm still a bit hesitant to use their python packages.
>>     It's easy enough using vanilla python to get everything you need going. In
>>     the future you can do the following just as easily.
>>     `wget [1]http://peak.telecommunity.com/dist/ez_setup.py`
>>     `sudo python ez_setup.py`
>>     `sudo easy_install pip virtualenv virtualenvwrapper`
> I strongly advise not using easy_install, it's awful.
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Living up to your domain name, I see. I might have preferred the gentler 
'has been superseded'. :-)

So you're recommending installing pip manually, by downloading from 
PyPI, unzipping and running 'python setup.py install', followed by 'pip 
install virtualenv virtualenvwrapper'. I know that's not much bother, 
but in case it enhances my understanding, are there specific reasons why 
'easy_install pip' is harmful in this context? By definition this 
install isn't into a virtualenv.



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