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I see there is a package for this beginning with Quantal, but where can I get it for Precise?

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You can install this by running the following command:

sudo easy_install setuptools_git
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I suggest to use pip to install Python packages from the Python Package Index (PyPi) where setuptools-git is hosted.

sudo pip install setuptools-git

You may need to install python-pip Install python-pip first, if you don't have it yet.

This is favourable over easy_install. See Why use pip over easy_install? for why.

As you can see on searching the Ubuntu packages page, it's only included in Ubuntu since Quantal as you've noticed already. The Python package manager Pip is the best alternative here, in my opinion.

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