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

Jon Ribbens jon+python-uk at unequivocal.co.uk
Thu Apr 1 12:26:24 CEST 2010


On Thu, Apr 01, 2010 at 10:51:31AM +0100, John Pinner wrote:
>      I strongly advise not using easy_install, it's awful.
> 
>    Yes, because it's trying to solve the problems of package management on
>    systems without a'proper'  package manager, it compromises those systems
>    with one.

Well, I don't know about that, but my experience is that it just
flat-out doesn't work. For example, the MySQL<->Python connector
has now unfortunately changed to using setuptools, which in its
infinite wisdom decides to install it as a "Zip Egg" - which
promptly fails to work at all since you can't load a .so file
from a zip.

Even when you manage to force it to not break things like that,
it for some benighted reason installs every package in a different
subdirectory (even though packages are already subdirectories!),
and your Python sys.path gets ridiculously huge.


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