[Pythonmac-SIG] eggs and extraction

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Sun Dec 10 02:56:07 CET 2006

belinda thom wrote:
> I had thought perhaps:
>    easy_install -editable matplotlib-0.87.7-py2.4.egg-info/
> would do the trick, but it complains:
>    error: No urls, filenames, or requirements specified (see --help)

And the appropriate form for this command is the following:

[src]$ easy_install --editable -b . matplotlib
Searching for matplotlib
Reading http://www.python.org/pypi/matplotlib/
Reading http://matplotlib.sourceforge.net
Reading http://www.python.org/pypi/matplotlib/0.87.7
Best match: matplotlib 0.87.7
Processing matplotlib-0.87.7.tar.gz

Extracted editable version of matplotlib to ./matplotlib

If it uses setuptools in its setup script, you can activate it in
"development" mode by going to that directory and running::

setup.py develop

See the setuptools documentation for the "develop" command for more info.

Robert Kern

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 an underlying truth."
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