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Interactive egg dependency browser

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GtkEggDeps uses the wonderful tl.eggdeps and PyGtk to provide an interactive dependency browser.


If you have easy_install, you should be able to easy_install gtkeggdeps.

Alternatively, download and use it directly. You’ll need to have tl.eggdeps installed.

The source code can be found in this Bazaar repository:

The project home page is at


You can pass a list of egg names on the command line to limit the view just to those eggs and their dependencies. You can also specify package names to completely ignore. Run gtkeggdepps –help for the syntax.

The standard Gtk+ keys for navigating trees are

‘+’ expand a tree node
‘-‘ or ‘/’ collapse a tree node
‘*’ expand a tree node recursively
Backspace jump to parent
Ctrl+S start incremental search among expanded nodes
Ctrl+Up find previous matching node
Ctrl+Down find next matching node

Extra keys defined by gtkeggdeps

Enter expand/collapse a node

The colours are:

red This is a dependency loop
blue There exists a dependency to this package that is less indirect (e.g. if z3c.formdemo directly depends on zope.schema, then whenever zope.schema appears as an indirect dependency it will be in blue). Blue nodes aren’t expanded recursively when you press ‘*’, but they can be expanded with ‘+’.
grey This package is not available in your working set

The meaning of brackets are:

(name) This package is incompatible with the rest (due to a version conflict somewhere)
{name} This package is not available

Usage with zc.buildout

Add a new part to buildout.cfg that uses zc.recipe.egg and installs gtkeggdeps together with the eggs whose dependencies you want to explore. Example for z3c.formdemo:

develop = .
parts = demo test coverage eggdeps

recipe = zc.recipe.egg
eggs = gtkeggdeps
       z3c.formdemo [app, test]


Rerun buildout and you’ll get a bin/gtkeggdeps script that will see all the eggs you specified.

Known bugs

  • If there’s a dependency loop and there are no packages depending on at least one package participating in that loop, the whole loop will be excluded from the output.
  • If you specify requirements on the command line, you may see extras in the tree that don’t have dependency information loaded.


0.0.7 (2009-07-09)

  • When browsing the full package set, display them all at top level.
  • Compatibility with tl.eggdeps 0.4 (unreleased as of the time of this writing).
  • Bugfix for “If you specify requirements on the command line, you may see extras in the tree that don’t have dependency information loaded.”, assuming you have tl.eggdeps 0.4.

0.0.6 (2009-07-03)

  • New command-line option: –reverse.
  • Find orphaned nodes and add them as tree roots.
  • Fix incompatibility with tl.eggdeps 0.3.2

0.0.5 (2007-09-27)

  • New command-line option: –ignore pkgname.
  • Added README.txt and CHANGES.txt

0.0.4 (2007-09-25)

  • Make sure the dependency graph is complete. Should fix an error one of the users reported.

0.0.3 (2007-09-24)

  • Show package extras as separate dependency tree nodes.

0.0.2 (2007-09-24)

  • Removed debugging cruft that accidentally made its way into the release.

0.0.1 (2007-09-24)

  • First public release.

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