[Pythonmac-SIG] Beginner's query: Path configuration in OS X 10.3
bob at redivi.com
Thu Feb 12 15:13:04 EST 2004
On Feb 12, 2004, at 2:54 PM, Jeffrey Dean wrote:
> I'm just getting started, aiming to learn Python for use in scripting
> FontLab for typeface design. I'm using Lutz & Ascher, _Learning
> Python_, 2nd
> edn (O'Reilly 2004), which I'm finding really helpful. But I've hit a
> very close to the beginning. I have no doubt there's an obvious
> solution to
> my problem, but I haven't found it yet.
> I'm running Python 2.3 in Mac OS X 10.3.2 (I've installed Jack's
> addons for
> Panther), so Python is located in /System/Library/Frameworks. I can't
> files to that directory, so I've put my exercise modules in
> /Users/Myname/Documents/Python. How the heck do I get Python to look
> for modules to import them? Or, alternatively, where should I be
> saving the
> files so Python can find them? I've read the documentation about
> and .pth files, but I can't work out how to use them in OS X 10.3. My
> ability is very rudimentary.
The site-packages in /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework is a
symlink to /Library/Python/2.3, which should be writable by anyone in
the admin group.
Python also looks in the Library/Python/2.3/site-packages location
inside your home folder, which is definitely writable even if you are
not an admin.
You don't need .pth files, they are only a convenience that you can use
to add additional search locations. You don't need unix ability, they
are just plain text files that contain a full unix path to where you
would like to search.. you could create them from TextEdit an drop them
into either of the two locations that I just mentioned.
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