[SciPy-user] egg dependency?

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Dec 2 15:43:42 CST 2005

John Hunter wrote:
> I just tried to install the new scipy 0.6.1 on my ubuntu linux, and
> got hit with
> peds-pc311:~/python/src/scipy_core-0.6.1> spsi
> Running from scipy core source directory.
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "setup.py", line 38, in ?
>     setup_package()
>   File "setup.py", line 7, in setup_package
>     from scipy.distutils.core import setup
>   File "/home/jdhunter/python/src/scipy_core-0.6.1/scipy/distutils/core.py", line 42, in ?
>     from setuptools.command import bdist_egg, develop, easy_install, egg_info
> ImportError: cannot import name bdist_egg
> If the goal is to make scipy core as easy to install as Numeric, is it
> wise to require an egg dependency? In my understanding, egg still has
> installation issues of it's own -- eg, it is not installed with the
> python2.4 in Ubuntu Hoary, which is only 6-7 months old.
> My apologies if I am missing something obvious, because I haven't been
> able to follow this list in detail in the last hectic month.

There is a test further up in the file:

    from setuptools import setup as old_setup
    have_setuptools = 1
except ImportError:
    from distutils.core import setup as old_setup
    have_setuptools = 0

Apparently, it thinks you do have setuptools installed.

Robert Kern
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