Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Setuptools scandal derails distribute with wheels?

Distribute is dead. Setuptools was a zombie for awhile but has now merged with the distribute fork and is the newest direction in Python packaging. But that's not all, now there are also wheels, which roll truer than eggs but might be a bit wobbly until there are a few more of them and they gain momentum.

the old Distribute graphic
This is a 180 from the new hotness.
If you use pip, uninstall distribute and setuptools.
$ pip uninstall distribute setuptools
Then install the newest version of setuptools and pip. Finally install wheels.
$ pip install setuptools pip wheels
Distribure-0.7.x which was meant as a transition between setuptools-0.6 and 0.8 is no longer necessary since setuptools-0.9.8 is out. Pip is at 1.4 with support for both setuptools and wheels.

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