useless error message on broken download

Bug #940153 reported by Wichert Akkerman on 2012-02-24
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Bug Description

This morning zc.buildout gave me this error:

error: None
An error occurred when trying to install 4.0. Look above this message for any errors that were output by easy_install.
  Installing tools.
  Getting distribution for ''.
Error: Couldn't install: 4.0

There was no hint anywhere what the error was. It took me ages to try to manually reproduce what buildout is doing to figure out the root cause: the .tar.gz it downloaded was broken.

It would be extremely helpful if buildout could provide an informational error message. "error: None" is not particularly helpful.

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