[Image-SIG] install PIL

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Thu Jan 13 00:53:51 CET 2005

On Jan 12, 2005, at 18:41, Chris Barker wrote:

> Fei Xu wrote:
>> I am installing PIL on Mac Os X. I ran the command python setup.py  
>> build
>> and get an error messange as below:
>> Fatal Python error: Interpreter not initialized (version mismatch?)
>> Abort
> That looks like the error you get when you have more than one version  
> of Python installed on your system, and OS-X mixes the libraries up.  
> This happens because of the way the python that came with OS-X (2.3.0)  
> was put together.
> The easiest solution is to get rid of all pythons except Apple's one.  
> Unless you REALLY need something in a more recent version, it works  
> just fine.

After you remove other Python installations, remove any extension you  
built while you had multiple Python installations.  These extensions  
are linked incorrectly.

> Also, you should be able to get PIL through the Package Manager that  
> comes with the MacPython add-ons package.

Available from <http://homepages.cwi.nl/~jack/macpython/download.html>,  
but a new version is these add-ons is coming out Very Soon that  
incorporates fixes to PackageManager, etc.

> If you have other problems, search the Python-Mac mailing list, or  
> post a question there if your question isn't answered in the archives.

Once you have removed other Python(s), install this fix  
<http://www.cwi.nl/~jack/macpython/PantherPythonFix.dmg> (referenced by  

After this fix is installed, it will be safe (well, safer) to have  
multiple Python installations.


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