[docs] [issue14956] custom PYTHONPATH may break apps embedding Python

Nick Coghlan report at bugs.python.org
Wed May 30 00:46:05 CEST 2012

Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> added the comment:

For the more general breakage due to PYTHONHOME and PYTHONPATH, yeah, global environment variables are bad, particularly when an OS relies on tools written in (or embedding) Python.

That's the reason virtualenv (and 3.3's forthcoming venv) are a preferred alternative - they give you a space to play in that shouldn't break your system Python or apps that embed it.

assignee:  -> docs at python
components: +Documentation -Interpreter Core
nosy: +docs at python
stage:  -> needs patch
versions: +Python 3.2, Python 3.3

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