New submission from Frank Griswold email@example.com:
This chunk of docs has bad info in both Python2 and Python3 docs:
Python on OS X honors all standard Unix environment variables such as PYTHONPATH, but setting these variables for programs started from the Finder is non-standard as the Finder does not read your .profile or .cshrc at startup. You need to create a file ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist. See Apple’s Technical Document QA1067 for details.
If you search for QA1067, you are informed that the document is legacy and unsupported, with a suggestion for where to look now. That suggested link leads to a 404.
Searching the apple site, I find that at least some thoughtful developers think that configuring the environment isn't even possible, generally; and isn't considered good form even if so. Here: https://forums.developer.apple.com/message/217422
I have no problem setting things for my terminal, as a longtime (unix) user, but for others, this section probably needs a complete examination with an eye toward making it current. quite possibly by reorganizing it.
---------- assignee: docs@python components: Documentation messages: 312023 nosy: docs@python, griswolf priority: normal severity: normal status: open title: Docs: Using Python on a Macintosh has bad info per Apple site type: enhancement