On 09/19/2016 09:25 AM, אלעזר wrote:

Many proposals to add something to stdlib are rejected here with the suggestion 
to add such library to pypi first. As noted by someone, pypi is not as 
reachable as stdlib, and one should install that package first, which many 
people don't know how. Additionally, there is no natural distinction between 
3rd party dependencies and in-project imports (at least in tiny projects).

This can be made easier if the first line of the program will declare the 
required library, and executing it will try to download and install that 
library if it is not installed yet. Additionally, the 3rd party dependencies 
will be more explicit, and editors can then allow you to search for them as you 

Of course it is *not* an alternative for real dependency management, but it 
will ease the burden on small scripts and tiny projects - which today simply 
break with errors that many users does not understand, instead of simply asking 
permission to install the dependency.

This should start out as a library on PyPI.  (Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)

Actually, it should.  Perhaps a name of "import_pip" would make sense?  Any 
hurdles faced by this library would be (mostly) the same as a stdlib version.

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