Design and Scope#

What this is for#

This project is born out of this discussion. Effectively, the volunteers who maintain the Python Packaging toolchain identified a need for a library in the ecology that handles the details of “wheel -> installed package”. This is that library.

There’s also a need for “a fast tool to populate a package into an environment” and this library can be used to build that. This package itself might also “grow” a CLI, to provide just that functionality.

What is provided#

  • Abstractions for installation of a wheel distribution.

  • Utilities for writing concrete implementations of these abstractions.

  • Concrete implementations of these abstraction, for the most common usecase.

  • Utilities for handling wheel RECORD files.

  • Utilities for generating Python script launchers.