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Let's come up with a packaging and distribution system for Python that doesn't suck as hard as the current options.

I want to make something as elegant as Ruby's gems. It doesn't need to handle the 5% of packages that require convoluted installations, but you should be able to:

$ gorilla install mercurial
$ gorilla install django --version 1.1
$ gorilla install django --version bleeding-edge
$ gorilla remove django     # just remove the symlinks
$ gorilla smash mercurial   # unlink AND get rid of the repo we cloned

I really like homebrew's architecture and I think it would be cool to aim for something like that, except use hg/git repos instead of tarballs when possible.


Let's talk about how this will work. Feel free to edit and/or comment on pages, and/or add new ones.