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Author minrk
Recipients brett.cannon, christian.heimes, eric.snow, lemburg, minrk, ncoghlan, r.david.murray, tdsmith, vstinner
Date 2015-06-30.20:49:45
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> Could you please post an example of where the feature is problematic ?

setuptools/easy_install is the major one, which effectively does `sys.path[:0] = pth_contents`, breaking import priority. This has been known to result in adding `/usr/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages` to the front of sys.path, having higher priority that the stdlib or `--user` -installed packages (I helped a user deal with a completely broken installation that was a result of exactly this last week). The result can often be that `pip list` doesn't accurately describe the versions of packages that are imported. It also causes `pip install -e` to result in completely different import priority from `pip install`, which doesn't use easy-install.pth. Removing the code execution from `easy-install.pth` solves all of these problems.
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