How do I stop
setup.py from installing a package as an egg? Or even better, how do I
easy_install from installing a package as an
sudo python setup.py install
The reason being that
PyDev is rather picky about packages in
egg format… The package I am interested in at the moment is
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
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 setup.py install --single-version-externally-managed --root=/
*.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
setup.py script is using (and may require) setuptools, the package ends up being installed as a compressed
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
setup.py script you can run the following command in that directory to install the package using pip:
pip install .
This is an improvement over the
setup.py 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 setup.py sdist popd pip install /path/to/my/package/dist/package-1.0.tar.gz
python setup.py 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.