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Are there Debian/Ubuntu packages for Askbot?

I've learned to be uncomfortable about installing items on my system that are not know-about/blessed-by the system package manager. Pip and Easy_install both ignore the Apt system.

Is there a deb package for Askbot somewhere? Perhaps an Ubuntu PPA?

Catskul's avatar
updated 2011-05-17 15:20:12 -0500, asked 2011-05-17 15:19:41 -0500
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There aren't system packages yet, but pip is an excellent system actually, works on all systems for python packages.

What pip or easy_install (btw - there is no reason at all to use easy_install now it is basically obsolete) will not do - they will not install system packages such as a web server, any server modules, or the database.

There are too many options of webservers, and at least two database engines that will work with askbot - so not sure how to satisfy everyone, plus it is additional work to maintain those packages, we just don't have the resources for that yet.

Evgeny's avatar
answered 2011-05-17 15:36:06 -0500
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Thanks for the answer. The issue of resources makes sense. The problem with pip is not that it's not a good tool, it's that package tools can easily step on each other's toes, and mangle dependencies and cross contaminate libraries. Hopefully someone will come along and volunteer to manage packages for you guys. It's an excellent project and would benefit from a package maintainer.
Catskul's avatar Catskul (2011-05-17 16:19:33 -0500) edit
Oh, sure, do use "virtualenv" for your python project, this is exactly the tool for that - creates an isolated environment it is very easy to use too. Thanks.
Evgeny's avatar Evgeny (2011-05-17 16:26:09 -0500) edit
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