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PyPI went online in late 2002, but easy_install wasn’t released until 2004.

Does anyone know how people installed stuff from PyPI before then? Did you download an sdist and unzip it manually?

I don’t even see a download link on this wayback snapshot: web.archive.org/web/2003110122

@pganssle a friend recalls: "Yeah, I downloaded a lot of source code and built modules from it back in the day. The source usually came with a 'setup.py' file that handled the build and install functions."

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