A Note on Dependencies

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One of the many benefits of using easy_install and pip is that if the package has dependencies specified in their setup.py script, both easy_install and pip will attempt to download and install them too. This can alleviate a lot of frustration when you’re trying new packages and you didn’t realize that package A depended on Packages B, C and D. With easy_install or pip, you don’t need to worry about that any more.

Wrapping Up

At this point, you should be able to install just about any package that you need, assuming the package supports your version of Python. There are a lot of tools available to the Python programmer. While packaging in Python is a bit confusing right now, once you know how to use the proper tools, you can usually get what you want installed or packaged up.

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