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Re: Python talks at DebConf


On Sat, 08.05.2010 at 10:55:40 +0200, Piotr O??arowski <piotr@debian.org> wrote:
> [anatoly techtonik, 2010-05-08]
> > Why not use virtualenv for Packaging applications?
> Every single DD understands that shipping two copies of the same file is
> one too many.

actually, I don't.

Virtualenv has been a life-saver for me more than once, and the price
is to have some degree of replication that is unwanted, as well as no
support or adaption to what Debian (or any other platform) may need
with respect to a given package (ie, nothing of what is in
debian/patches). Maintaining a number of virtualenvs is really a chore
and kind of a risk, but also allows for project-specific adjustments
that have no place in the base platform.

As I was recently told to switch to Plone's unified installer, this
takes the idea behind virtualenv even one step further. I don't see a
solution that allows me to stay "within" Debian and conduct the work I
need to do at the same time. If you do, please speak up. I'm all ears!

IOW, in the ideal world, it may be desirable to have only one copy of a
certain file, but we are not even able to get close, imho, if it is
only for the different paces of Debian and our various upstreams.

Kind regards,

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