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What is the point of pipx?
Many Python programs now recommend installing with pipx, and there is a sense that you shouldn't install with pip anymore, you should use tools like pipx.
However, what does pipx actually do that makes it such a preferred alternative to pip?
I checked their docs and what I found doesn't really make sense. In sum:
- pipx is described as a package manager, but package managers install files in system locations whereas pipx installs them in user locations. Also, package managers already have
python-...packages where it makes sense.
- It mentions that unlike pip, it is specifically for CLI apps. But what exactly does pip not do? AFAIK executable packages just have a wrapper script in
~/.local/bin/that calls them. This doesn't seem worth a whole program.
- It talks about PyPi as an "app store", which sounds weird. Yes, people can and do distribute on PyPi, but there are major differences which pipx hardly closes.
I do see that it mentions isolating envs. I can see how it is not straightforward with pip to install each CLI app in a venv, but also make it available in PATH. So is that all pipx is, CLI apps in venv? This seems like a rather inefficient way to handle packaging (see also "static link everything").