[arch-general] Setuptools broken?

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Tue Oct 19 20:22:14 EDT 2010

On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 6:37 PM, Ray Rashif <schiv at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On 20 October 2010 07:25, Norbert Zeh <nzeh at cs.dal.ca> wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> With the python upgrade from 2.7 to 3.1, I ran into the following snag.
>> gitosis from AUR depends on python and setuptools.  Now, python =
>> python3.1 now and setuptools installs in the python2.7 library tree.
>> This was easy enough to fix, by simply replacing python with python2 in
>> the gitosis PKGBUILD.  However, I would expect that python2 will
>> disappear completely somewhere down the road.  What then?  Moreover,
>> being a purist, I would like to avoid having two python versions
>> installed on my machine.  So what's the deal with python3.1 and
>> setuptools?  Is the procedure for installing python packages different
>> under 3.1 than under the old 2.x series, and there simply are no
>> setuptools any more?  If that's the case, I guess it's the
>> responsibility of package maintainers to migrate to the setup used in
>> python3.1.  If setuptools is still what is needed in python3.1,
>> shouldn't there now be two packages setuptools and setuptools2 that
>> install in the library trees of python3.1 and python2.7, respectively?
>> (I'm happy to file a bug report if this is indeed a bug.)
> Python 3 should be using distribute [1] instead of setuptools. Either
> way, you don't need to worry. Most software still require Python 2,
> and by the time we do drop python2, everything should be working.

Well if you're still around in like 2019 when python2 disappears, we
might have problems, but I wouldn't hold your breath.


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