[Pythonmac-SIG] Package Manager idea, adding a URL scheme
oussoren at cistron.nl
Fri Oct 3 14:53:40 EDT 2003
On 3 okt 2003, at 19:44, Just van Rossum wrote:
> Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> I think Jack is thinking too much about source package installs,
>> while you and I are focused on binary package installs? The binary
>> ones are the real win of PackMan, and the source package installs
>> would be icing on the cake, mostly.
> Yes. I'd even go so far as to not support source installs at all...
Not supporting/using source-installs would also reduce the length of
the package list, which is a good thing.
> Who needs source installs? I think it's only people who (for example)
> have their own private extension modules that extend Numeric. That
> should be a _very_ small group of people, and a rather savvy group at
> that: they might as well install Numeric without PackMan.
Or write their own PackMan infrastruture for distributing their private
> Here's an issue that I'm not totally clear about: there are packages
> that need external frameworks, I think wxPython and Tcl/Tk are the main
> examples here. Are these special cases, or does PackMan need to
> _generally_ support installing external libraries? If the latter, what
> kind of consequences does that have for cross-platform support? Is that
> a reasonable goal/requirement at all?
In general the python wrappers for existing C libraries need a seperate
install of the wrapped library (if not included in the OS). I
personally prefer to staticly the C library into the python extension
(makes it easier to distribute the extension), but that is not always
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