[Mobile-sig] python on android

Bill Janssen janssen at parc.com
Thu Jan 29 08:56:40 CET 2015

Guido van Rossum <guido at python.org> wrote:

> Can we stop arguing about Kivy vs Toga and focus on the one thing that they
> have in common, the need for a working Python 3 port on Android and iOS
> (for a start)?

Hi, Guido.

Does that not already exist?  I guess you'd know.

> This is apparently mostly a matter of solving a lot of small
> things with the build system, dependencies, improved config files, and
> getting stuff integrated upstream so it can be built out of the box, right?

Must be.  The Kivy buildozer script just compiles Python from source, so
the first experiment would be to drop in a different version and see
what breaks.

There's no ancient Python binary in the Kivy build process, but there are
a dozen or so source patches against 2.7.2:

They'd have to be updated.  Most are one or two line changes.


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