[Pythonmac-SIG] Trouble installing Tkinter with 2.3.5/10.2
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Wed May 21 15:44:22 CEST 2008
Kevin Walzer wrote on 5/21/08 12:13 AM:
> The Package Manager infrastructure is obsolete--no one has updated that
> stuff for years.
Sure, I understand that this PM isn't used in newer versions of MacPython,
but shouldn't the packages remain available somewhere so that they can be
> In fact, the version of Python that runs on 10.2 is
> also obsolete, and not just because it's 2.3.x--Python on the Mac went
> through some pretty significant architectural changes to support
> universal binaries, i.e. PPC and Macintel.
Python 2.3 is the minimum requirement of the program (athenaCL) for which I
am hoping to build a GUI, so I would prefer to develop targeting 2.3 if I
can to ensure maximum compatibility for all users. And the PSF thinks that
2.3 is still relevant enough to have released a patch for it just two months
athenaCL is distributed as Python source code and run by double-clicking on
a .py file. I expect to distribute the GUI in the same manner for Windows,
Mac, and Linux, so it really doesn't matter that MacPython has undergone
these changes. :)
> For instance, the WASTE text
> library (the basis for the old Python IDE, for instance) is no longer
> supported. As a side note, I'm not aware of any recent version of Tk
> which supports 10.2 (you need Tcl/Tk to install Tkinter); ditto for
WASTE support is not an issue since this is not a Mac-only program and I
think the 8.4.6 version of Tk is plenty recent enough. athenaCL has a very
small user base so it is important to me that the GUI can run on almost any
system that the underlying program can. (athenaCL even has an up-to-date
Mac OS 9 package although I don't think I will be able to make the GUI work
on OS 9 too ...)
> My strong suggestion is to upgrade your system. I think 10.3.9 is the
> absolute minimum that is supported by universal versions of Python.
> You'd be in far better shape with 10.4, or 10.5.
10.5 is not an option as I still need Classic but I am considering 10.4 for
a few reasons. Even if I upgrade, I will need to test this project on
Python 2.3, I think.
Thanks for the reply. However, my immediate need is to get Tkinter working
on 10.2. Does anyone have the 2.3 Tkinter package for 10.2 or how can I
compile it myself? Thanks.
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