[reportlab-users] ReportLab 3.x packaging and deployment

Robin Becker robin at reportlab.com
Tue Jan 14 08:27:17 EST 2014

On 13/01/2014 20:26, Andy Robinson wrote:

>>> Wouldn't your time be better spent making wheels instead of exes or msis?


> We're all completely new to wheels. I frequently run pip over

> requirements files for a couple of dozen substantial web apps on Mac

> OS and Linux, and have never noticed wheels rolling past or anything

> with that extension, although I can't claim to have looked.


> Dumb questions, but will all the pips and easy_installs out there in

> the wild know what to do with a wheel? Do they actually remove the

> need for us to ship .msi or .exe, today?

One of the things I find pretty dumb is that some of these installer systems
seem to want to change the package names at the point of install. So If I first
install with setup.py+distutils I get


with setup.py+setuptools I get something like

+ easy_install.pth

isn't this a recipe for confusion? I've edited the wrong code several times
whilst messing with these. None seem to want to warn about or remove existing
versions of the package(s) they install which cannot be good. I'm unlikely to
find a python executable that can run different versions of python or on
different architectures and if I install multiple versions of package x, I
should prefer only see the last.
Robin Becker

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