[New-bugs-announce] [issue18611] Mac: Some Python Launcher issues

Ronald Oussoren report at bugs.python.org
Thu Aug 1 11:50:44 CEST 2013

New submission from Ronald Oussoren:

There are some issues with the Python Launcher application:

1) There is a useless 'Help' menu, the application does not
   include help (removal is trivial and doesn't affect functionality)

2) The list of interpreters does not include the framework locations,
   only /usr/local, /usr and /sw (Fink).

   IMHO the factory default should only include the framework and
   system pythons.

3) Python Launcher should probably sniff the script for a '#!', if 
   only to detect if the script is python 2 or 3. 
   This may need to be an option, an the algoritm needs to be specified.
   Probably something like:

   - No #!: use app setting
   - #!/usr/bin/env ...: use '...' to determine python version, use
     app setting to find that. 
     Rationale: /usr/bin/env uses $PATH to find a binary, the value
     of $PATH for GUI apps cannot easily be changed by users (if at all,
     there used to be an environment.plist file but I haven't checked if
     thats still used by the system).  Therefore it is better to use
     an application setting for this.

   - #!/path/to/python: use that interpreter if it exists
     (not sure yet what should happen if that interpreter does not exist)

   This has several advantages over the current behavior:
   - Can use a single Python Launcher for python2 and python3 scripts
   - Works with virtualenv/pyvenv environments (assuming that the right
     path is used in the #! line)

See also the pep397 specification for the "py" launcher on windows, but I don't propose to add such a command-line tool to Mac installations, the normal Unix conventions work just fine for command-line use.

See als #5262

assignee: ronaldoussoren
components: Macintosh
messages: 194041
nosy: ned.deily, ronaldoussoren
priority: normal
severity: normal
stage: needs patch
status: open
title: Mac: Some Python Launcher issues
type: behavior
versions: Python 3.4

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