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witty-house-77262

11/29/2022, 8:21 AM
Hi, it’s probably a FAQ but why does pants need to be
./pants
and not just
pants
? Why can’t it be installed globally (like with
pipx install pants
)` ?
b

bitter-ability-32190

11/29/2022, 2:10 PM
The shim script bootstraps itself based on the version in
pants.toml
. that way everyone gets a consistent version, as semantics and support varies wildly from version to version (we're busy folks). You could install a specific version, and it might work, but you're certainly in for "fun"
e

enough-analyst-54434

11/29/2022, 3:14 PM
Although what Josh says is true it does not preclude a globally installed pants binary. It could be doing the same checking and bootstrapping / re-executing. So, in short, there is no good reason. I'm actively involved in re-working how Pants is distributed right now which is entwined with all this.