[docs] [issue32824] Docs: Using Python on a Macintosh has bad info per Apple site

Frank Griswold report at bugs.python.org
Sun Feb 11 18:42:34 EST 2018

New submission from Frank Griswold <py.griswolf at spamgourmet.com>:

This chunk of docs has bad info in both Python2 and Python3 docs:

4.1.3. Configuration

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:

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 at python
components: Documentation
messages: 312023
nosy: docs at python, griswolf
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Docs: Using Python on a Macintosh has bad info per Apple site
type: enhancement

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