[Pythonmac-SIG] More on Beginner's list - the 2.4.1 Install
pecora at anvil.nrl.navy.mil
Wed Feb 8 17:50:11 CET 2006
OK, you guys have twisted this non-pro's arm enough. I just installed
Python 2.4.1 on my Tiger machine from Bob Ippolito's site (not the
active state one, but the framework).
Yes, I followed up with the TigerFix install.
But I still get Python 2.3.5 when I start python in my terminal.
HAHAHAHAHAHA. Chris, Bob, just kidding. Just kidding.
I've seen that one so much on this list that even I remembered to edit
my .tcshrc file and put /usr/local/bin before /usr/bin.
So for Charles H. and all of us working on the Beginner's list. For the
install of 2.4.1 as a separate, better Python we need to add,
1) Get the Python 2.4.1 package from Bob Ippolito's site [the link
here] (thank you, Bob, very much)
2) If you're running Tiger (10.4.x) also get the TigerFix package [the
3) Install Python 2.4.1 -- maybe a little detail for those who haven't
seen .dmg files and packages.
4) Install TigerFix
5) Edit your appropriate terminal login file (.profile, .bash_profile,
.tcshrc, etc -- maybe listing which go with which shell and maybe for
the novices how you find and edit hidden files!). Put /usr/local/bin
before /usr/bin in the path. I guess the whole path thing should be
6) Remind people that if they are using pythonw so they can open GUI
things, that pythonw 2.4.1 is also installed with the 2.4.1 package and
is used automatically once you change the login file.
In the vein of someone else here who recommended we not denigrate the
Apple installed Python, I agree. Just treat that like software
companies do a demo or "stripped-down" version of their application.
You can use it for simple stuff. Take Python for a test drive and see
if you like it. How nice. No need to puzzle over complex installation
and package dependencies. Just hop in and turn the key. Then, oh, by
the way, if you want a better version that offers even more, here's a
simple way to get it (directions as above).
I'm sure there's more that can be added to this and I'm willing to write
more (including about paths -- as much/little as I know) for the
Charles H. tell me what might help.
To everyone, Please correct any of the above. I am not an expert.
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