1st February, 2010

Weird easy_install Behaviour

Filed under: python — admin @ 3:41 pm

Dear lazyweb, I unsubscribed from the distutils-sig mailing list a while back and consequently I’m not up to date with the latest to-ings and fro-ings. But, I have a problem. As reported by someone today Gerald eggs won’t install on Windows.

Everything is fine on my Ubuntu virtual machine, but on my shiny new work laptop I have Python 2.6 and today I downloaded and installed setuptools version 06.c11. When I try and install Gerald I get an error complaining about a lack of a setup.py file;

(TEST) C:WorkvirtualenvsTEST>easy_install gerald
Searching for gerald
Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/gerald/
Reading http://halfcooked.com/code/gerald/
Reading http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=53184&package_id=109623
Reading http://sourceforge.net/projects/halfcooked/files
Best match: gerald 0.3.5
Downloading http://sourceforge.net/projects/halfcooked/files/gerald/0.3.5/gerald-0.3.5-py2.6.egg/download
Processing download
error: Couldn't find a setup script in c:docume~1andy~1.todlocals~1tempeasy_install-woqly0download
(TEST) C:WorkvirtualenvsTEST>

The only thing that I can find different is that my Ubuntu virtual machine is running version 0.6c9 of setuptools. Has the function changed between two release candidates?

Needless to say this means that Gerald won’t install under Windows using easy_install until I figure this out. All help and suggestions warmly received.

2 Comments

  1. It looks like SourceForge may have changed their weird download links again. I’ve checked a fix into SVN, so you can download it with “easy_install -U setuptools==dev06″.

    Comment by PJ Eby — 02/02/2010 @ 2:43 am

  2. It looks like SourceForge may have changed their weird download links again. I’ve checked a fix into SVN, so you can download it with “easy_install -U setuptools==dev06″.

    Comment by PJ Eby — 02/02/2010 @ 2:43 am

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