Antony Mayi commented on ARROW-1346:

I am on linux.

Yes, pip works fine, but setuptools is not using pip. Any version of setuptools 
(I am on the latest 36.2.7).

The attached [^setup.py] demonstrates the problem - ie if I am trying to 
distribute my python project that depends on pyarrow as per the [^setup.py] it 
won't pull pyarrow out of the box (running the typical {{python setup.py 
install}} fails as per the error shown above due to the setuptools inability to 
pull wheels from pypi).

> [Python] pypi packages compatible with setuptools
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: ARROW-1346
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ARROW-1346
>             Project: Apache Arrow
>          Issue Type: Wish
>          Components: Python
>    Affects Versions: 0.5.0
>            Reporter: Antony Mayi
>         Attachments: setup.py
> setuptools is internally using easy_install for pulling packages from pypi. 
> easy_install doesn't support wheel so since pyarrow is in pypi distributed 
> only as wheels it is not possible to package a product depending on pyarrow 
> using setuptools.
> see attached [^setup.py]:
> {code}
> $ python setup.py test
> running test
> Searching for pyarrow==0.5.0.post2
> Reading https://pypi.python.org/simple/pyarrow/
> No local packages or working download links found for pyarrow==0.5.0.post2
> error: Could not find suitable distribution for 
> Requirement.parse('pyarrow==0.5.0.post2')
> {code}
> It's a shame setuptools don't support wheels. unfortunately it supports only 
> eggs or raw source packages (see 
> [distro_for_location|https://github.com/pypa/setuptools/blob/master/setuptools/package_index.py#L112]).
>  I am not suggesting providing eggs but perhaps publishing raw tar.gz should 
> be considered so that setuptools can at least build the dependency itself.

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