My project supports installation through conda and through pip by providing an environment.yaml file and a requirements.txt file. I noticed that Binder selects pip in that case. Is it because .yaml is not recognized, only .yml? Apart from the extension, can I define somewhere that Binder should use conda and not pip?
Hi! You’re right about the extension, I think. If you’d like to force binder to only use the environment.yml file, you can place it inside a
binder directory in the root of your project. Binder will then ignore any other configuration files that are in the root. https://repo2docker.readthedocs.io/en/latest/usage.html#where-to-put-configuration-files
Thanks! Creating a .binder directory and putting the environment.yml file solved the issue. For curiosity, I tried .yaml. That did not work. Interestingly, ReadTheDocs identifies both the .yaml and the .yml extensions.
Yes, I just opened this issue to discuss it some more https://github.com/jupyterhub/repo2docker/issues/970
Can you provide a link to where in the docs it says both extensions are accepted please?
Oh sorry! Because we build our documentation with RTD, I thought you were referring to our r2d or binder docs - not literally RTD!
It’s probably not a big deal, but we could do something like a pre-build check and provide some feedback along the lines of “are you sure this is correct?” - make it a little less painful to figure out why something is broken