[TIP] Best practices to maintain packages in CI environment

Michael Foord fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Sun Oct 10 11:13:51 PDT 2010

  On 10/10/2010 19:09, Marius Gedminas wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 08, 2010 at 04:50:54PM +0200, Alex wrote:
>> Our continous integration server (Hudson) controls several slave
>> machines (VM), each of which runs Python. Whenever a new package is
>> needed, I have to manually install the package in each slave and it's
>> very convenient since now I have 20 of them. I've thought of using
>> 'virtualenv' but it dramatically increases the build time when the
>> number of pacakge is large. What are the best approaches to deploy and
>> maintain these pacakges (version) in a build/testing farm ?
> virtualenv or zc.buildout.

So your answer to the original poster's difficulty with virtualenv is to 
suggest virtualenv?


> Buildout is more featureful, but also more complicated and thus harder
> to learn/maintain.  Some of its features, e.g. the shared egg cache, are
> very nifty if you need to set up dev environments for a bunch of
> packages that share some of their dependencies.
> Marius Gedminas
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