python – stopping from installing as egg-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

How do I stop from installing a package as an egg? Or even better, how do I easy_install from installing a package as an egg?

sudo python install

The reason being that PyDev is rather picky about packages in egg format… The package I am interested in at the moment is boto.

Update: I found the brute force way of doing it:

sudo easy_install -m boto
cd path/to/boto-xyz.egg
sudo mv boto ..
sudo rm -rf boto-xyz.egg
How to solve:

I feel like I’m missing something subtle or important (encountering this page years after the question was asked and not finding a satisfying answer) however the following works fine for me:

python install --single-version-externally-managed --root=/

Compressed *.egg files are an invention of setuptools (I’m not a big fan of them although I understand why they were created) and because the script is using (and may require) setuptools, the package ends up being installed as a compressed *.egg file.

The command line options above are similar to those used by pip (the Python package manager) which hints at another way to stop a package from being installed as a compressed *.egg file: Just use pip! If you have a directory containing a script you can run the following command in that directory to install the package using pip:

pip install .

This is an improvement over the command above because it tracks additional metadata (e.g. tracking of installed files allows for more reliable removal).


Years later, same problem, not satisfied with the accepted answer. Found this in Google groups:

pushd /path/to/my/package/ 
python sdist 
pip install /path/to/my/package/dist/package-1.0.tar.gz

python sdist creates a source distribution which naturally is not an *.egg! The resulting archive (.tar.gz in unix, .zip in windows) can be installed like any remote module with pip. It doesn’t even require additional parameters! This results in the desired fully browsable module.

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