[Pythonmac-SIG] Package Manager idea, adding a URL scheme

Jack Jansen Jack.Jansen at cwi.nl
Fri Oct 3 19:00:45 EDT 2003

On 3-okt-03, at 18:55, Bob Ippolito wrote:
>>>> PackMan is for end users. A certain amount of complexity for
>>>> _developers_ seems pretty much unavoidable, and would be totally
>>>> acceptable to me.
>>>> I strongly feel that executing arbitrary code (even from a trusted
>>>> source) is a big nono.
>>> Uhm... How about arbitrary setup.py scripts included with packages?
>> Isn't the whole point of PackMan to _not_ have to execute any 
>> setup.py's
>> to begin with? With setup.py you build a distro, PackMan does the
>> install without it. Am I missing something?
> 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.

Agreed, but the source installs are a vital part of my plan for 
world domination: I want to break down the barriers between 
installs and full-source installs. While breaking them down may be too 
of a pie-in-the-sky goal I definitely want to make the transition 

With all current open source the transition between being a mere user of
a package and a full developer is a large leap. I would like to make
that barrier lower.

But, all that said, binary installs are indeed by far the most 
Jack Jansen, <Jack.Jansen at cwi.nl>, http://www.cwi.nl/~jack
If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution -- Emma 

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