[Pythonmac-SIG] PackMan issues

W.T. Bridgman wtbridgman at radix.net
Thu Oct 30 19:30:33 EST 2003


I second this.  I'm in a similar situation with fast connections at 
work and a slow one at home.

I've tried PM a few times after it's initial release.  One complaint is 
that it doesn't report the size of the package so you can tell if it's 
practical to update over a slow connection.  I think I waited quite a 
while for the documentation package to install.

I often retrieve the disk images & tarballs at work for building at 
home from sources.  Also, I have root privileges on my home systems but 
only sudo limited access at work.

On Thursday, October 30, 2003, at 05:42  PM, Tom Loredo wrote:

> Hi folks-
> I love the package manager, but would like to raise the following
> issues (possible bug; feature requests):
> When I try to use PM at Bob I's pimp site, the list of packages is
> larger than the window.  I can scroll down to see the bottom part of
> the list, but as soon as I release the scrollbar it immediately scrolls
> back up to the top of the list.  Thus many of his packages are
> inaccessible.  This is using MacPy2.3 on OS 10.2.6 on a G4 Quicksilver
> and on a G3 Powerbook.
> My G4 is at home with a dialup connection; my G3 I can bring to
> work with T3 access.  Having one machine with a slow net connection
> is behind the following requests.
> First, I'd love to see package size information in the PM window.
> This way I can tell if it's realistic to download a package to
> my G4 over my dialup connection.
> Second, I'd love to see useful progress info on the download and
> installation.  If I check "verbose," PM tries to produce this,
> but unfortuately the resulting text window update is too slow and
> I'll typically not see *any* of the progress lines until the
> download is complete, at which point the window happily shows
> me every status line from the start to 100%.
> Finally, I'd love for there to be a way to save a package locally
> in a way allowing it to be moved to another machine and installed
> via PM there.  Perhaps I can just sync the site-packages
> directories on both machines, but I don't know if some of the
> packages have other side effects.  Is this feasible?  Ideally
> I'd like to grab the packages on my G3 at work, and install them
> on my G4 at home.  I suppose I could do it directly with distutils,
> but it would be neat if PM could do this.
> Thanks,
> Tom Loredo
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