Python: Why do some packages get installed as eggs and some as "egg folders"?

I maintain a few Python packages. I have a very similar file for each of them. However, when doing install, one of my packages gets installed as an egg, while the others get installed as "egg folders", i.e. folders with an extension of "egg".

What is the difference between them that causes this different behavior?


  • The Internal Structure of Python Eggs, Zip Support Metadata :

    If zip-safe exists, it means that the project will work properly when installed as an .egg zipfile, and conversely the existence of not-zip-safe means the project should not be installed as an .egg file [ie. as an .egg directory]. The zip_safe option to setuptools' setup() determines which file will be written. If the option isn't provided, setuptools attempts to make its own assessment of whether the package can work, based on code and content analysis.