Awesome, Skip!

Was there a date somewhere? I can't recall if this would have been the first open source release (from just about 30 years ago, sometime in February 1991) or some time later in the same year?

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 1:57 PM Skip Montanaro <> wrote:
A note to 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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