[Twisted-Python] multiple versions of twisted on same machine

Kevin Horn kevin.horn at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 12:54:47 EST 2010

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM, <exarkun at twistedmatrix.com> wrote:

> On 04:41 pm, kevin.horn at gmail.com wrote:
> >FYI, this totally fails on Windows XP, Py2.6, Twisted 9.0.0...
> This is an interesting problem.
> easy_install identifies
> http://tmrc.mit.edu/mirror/twisted/Twisted/9.0/Twisted-9.0.0.win32-py2.6.exe
> as some kind of package it can install - maybe a self-extracting zip?  I
> don't know - but that's not what it is.  This seems to be because the
> name matches the scheme setuptools uses for naming certain kinds of
> distribution files.

I think it thinks that it's an executable created using "python setup.py
bdist_wininst" or something similar...

> We presently are not distributing binary eggs for Windows, so
> easy_install isn't likely to be the best installation strategy anyway.

Well, the second thing I do on a new machine (after installing Python of
course) is install MinGW and set distutils up to use it as a compiler for
Python extensions, so for me it usually works just fine. :)

However, in the general case, I agree that most people won't necessarily
have a compiler installed on Windows.
Not entirely related to this discussion (though not entirely unrelated), I
think that Twisted's whole release/distribution system needs to be revamped
a little. I've been meaning to talk to radix about this, but haven't found
the time...maybe this will give me the kick in the pants I needed...

Kevin Horn
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