Artur Wroblewski wrobell at
Wed Apr 22 19:47:42 CEST 2015

On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 6:38 PM, Jacek Konieczny <jajcus at> wrote:
> On 2015-04-22 17:41, Elan Ruusamäe wrote:
>> blah, i do not understand what should i use in new specs
>> python-setuptools or python-distribute?
> setuptools
>> i thought setuptools is old and distribute is new?
> That was true at some time. But that had changed again long time ago.
> So its complicated. In short:
> Python has provided 'distutils' in its standard library for long time,
> but that was quite limited, so setuptools appeared. For some it was not
> enough either, so it was forked and 'distribute' appeared. Soon,
> 'distribute' become the standard.
> In the meantime another project 'distutils2' was announced, which was to
> supersed both setuptools and distribute, but that didn't really happen.
> Instead, 'distribute' was merged back to 'setuptools' and 'setuptools'
> is what the world uses now.

Also, pip is the blessed way of installing the modules now, see

Some notes about setuptools




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