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Last active Jul 6, 2016

What would you like to do?
Debugging / testing a third party package without hacking the pip installed version
cd somewhere
git clone[OWNER]/[REPO].git --branch [SPECIFIC BRANCH] --single-branch
cd [REPO]
python develop
# Usually, restart dev server to prevent it using already loaded site-packages modules.
# Hack away on code in [REPO], python will use this one rather than the one in site-packages.
# When done, to switch back:
python develop --uninstall
cd ..
rm -rf [REPO]

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nealtodd commented May 19, 2016

Kudos to

Avoids having to hack and unhack the site-packages version and/or uninstall via pip and pip install a branch using the -e syntax (and the reverse).
Debugging a specific pip installed version requires that it has its own branch to clone. The default branch may well be different.

Useful for testing a new release before it hits PyPI, or testing a PR in a real use prior to submitting it to the upstream repo.


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nealtodd commented Jun 9, 2016

In a Vagrant setup where your editor and repo are on the host, with the repo dir mounted within Vagrant, it's convenient to be able to edit the third party package in your editor. To avoid it showing up as an untracked directory in git you can add test_package (or any name you want) to .gitignore and clone the package using that name as the destination:

git clone[OWNER]/[REPO].git --branch [SPECIFIC BRANCH] --single-branch test_package
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