[Idle-dev] [Python-Dev] Removing IDLE from the standard library

Ronald Oussoren ronaldoussoren at mac.com
Mon Jul 12 07:52:48 CEST 2010

On 11 Jul, 2010, at 19:35, Bill Janssen wrote:

> Tal Einat <taleinat at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Although several people say that they think having IDLE in the stdlib
>> is important, the fact is that IDLE is considered quite unimportant by
>> most of the Python community. Having IDLE in the stdlib may be
>> convenient for a few people, but most never use it and don't care
>> about it. I think that in its current state, IDLE may still be helpful
>> for learning Python, but it is more likely to drive away users who run
>> into its various quirks and problems. And for experienced Python
>> developers, very few actually use IDLE, and those who do could easily
>> install it if it weren't part of the stdlib.
> I agree with you on this, Tal.  On OS X, this is particularly
> aggravating, as the Apple-supplied Python doesn't seem to include a
> working version, and installing MacPython leads to other problems (see,
> for instance, the thread at
> http://groups.google.com/group/nltk-users/browse_thread/thread/e14b647243ca5b66).

Apple doesn't ship IDLE.app, but does ship the rest of the code. It should be fairly easy
to create a small IDLE.app using the python.org source tree that uses /usr/bin/python.

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