I've provided this excellent language interpreter as a conda package.  For users of conda, you can install it (on Linux) with:

    conda install -c davidmertz python=0.9

(perhaps put it in a different environment than base).

I'm embarrassed by how much effort that took me. I used to teach conda-build at Anaconda, but I've forgotten everything about how it works. There may have been another way to do it, but what this installs uses a hack.  There might have been some other way to do this, but:

% cat `which python`
PYTHONPATH=$CONDA_PREFIX/lib/ python-0.9.1

The manpage works though. As Skip pointed out to me privately, there are some minor limitations with this version.  E.g.:

% python
>>> import glob
>>> import sys
>>> print 'hello'
>>> print 2+2
>>> print 2*2
Unhandled exception: run-time error: integer overflow
Stack backtrace (innermost last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1

It's easy enough to work around that though:

>>> def mult(a, b):
...     total = 0
...     for _ in range(a):
...         total = total + b
...     return total
>>> mult(2, 2)

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 10:01 PM Skip Montanaro <skip.montanaro@gmail.com> wrote:
A note to webmaster@python.org from an astute user named Hiromi in Japan* referred us to Guido's shell archives for the 0.9.1 release from 1991. As that wasn't listed in the historical releases README file:


I pulled the shar files (and a patch), then made a few tweaks to get it to build:

% ./python
>>> print 'hello world!'
hello world!
>>> import sys
>>> dir(sys)
['argv', 'exit', 'modules', 'path', 'ps1', 'ps2', 'stderr', 'stdin', 'stdout']
>>> sys.modules
{'builtin': <module 'builtin'>; 'sys': <module 'sys'>; '__main__': <module '__main__'>}
>>> sys.exit(0)

I then pushed the result to a Github repo:


There is a new directory named "shar" with the original files, a small README file and a compile.patch file between the original code and the runnable code.

It was a pleasant diversion for a couple hours. I was tired of shovelling snow anyway... Thank you, Hiromi.


*  Hiromi is bcc'd on this note in case he cares to comment. I didn't want to publish his email beyond the bounds of the webmaster alias without his permission.

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