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Support for ANY-package #37

mottosso opened this issue Jun 23, 2019 · 2 comments


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@mottosso mottosso commented Jun 23, 2019


Support requirements that depend not not on only a range of different versions, but also a range of different packages.


Useful for e.g. which requires [pyside, pyside2, pyqt4 or pyqt5], and for packages that depend on either [bleeding_rez, rez]. It can't depend on all, and it can't depend on none.

However, it dawned on me that this can also solve nerdvegas#21 which would be great, and could potentially squat two flies with one stone.


From command-line.

rez env six python [pyqt4 pyqt5]

From your

requires = [
  ["PySide-1.2, "PyQt4-4.7", "PyQt5", "PySide2"],

Where the first package found is picked.

As an added bonus, we'll also (finally) be able to account for nerdvegas#21 by adding a null package that does nothing.

requires = [
  ["", "packageA-1.2"]

Now both "packageA-1.2" and "" are equally acceptable. If packageA-1.2 isn't found, it would behave as though it was optional and not break the solve.

@mottosso mottosso added the feature label Jun 23, 2019
@mottosso mottosso changed the title Support for OR-package Support for ANY-package Jul 1, 2019

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@mottosso mottosso commented Jul 28, 2019

  • Also relevant for Python's PIL library, which doesn't have a PyPI package. Pillow on the other hand is a fork that implements the library under the same Python package name.
  • Also relevant for nerdvegas/rez and bleeding-rez

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@mottosso mottosso commented Aug 1, 2019

Possible command-line syntax for both optional and ANY-style requests.

rez env (PySide2 PySide) pillow (numpy)
  • (numpy) is optional
  • (PySide2 PySide) means one or the other, but not none
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