use (optionally) develop instead of sdist+install

Issue #64 on hold
Monty Taylor
created an issue

For some larger projects, running python sdist and then installing that tarball/zipfile into the venv is quite slow. (grab if you want to see what I'm talking about) Alternately, running python develop into the virtualenv is quite fast and also allows for further flexibility when doing development.

Of course, not all projects are using setuptools, so tox would either need to figure that out and revert to sdist/install - or perhaps it could be a top-level tox.ini option - like "use_develop" that projects could use should they know what they're doing.

Comments (5)

  1. Holger Krekel repo owner

    i think it should be a command line option like "--dev" or so, which would try to run develop. Putting that into tox.ini makes it too easy to forget removing it - and this could mean that your package does not install anymore although a "tox" run succeeds. Want to try submit a patch?

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