[Python-Dev] Configure option to change Python's name?

Michael Hudson mwh at python.net
Thu Jan 22 06:08:42 EST 2004

"Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> writes:

> Jack Jansen wrote:
>> The idea was triggered by Michael Hudson, who wanted to install a
>> debugging-enabled framework build of Python on MacOSX, which
>> shouldn't interfere with the normal Python (either Apple-installed
>> or user-installed). It turns out this is doable through meticulous
>> hacking of the Makefile after configure (and, for now, ignoring the
>> few hardcoded "Python.framework" references in Lib, but those need
>> fixing anyway). For other unix systems a similar approach would work
>> to isolate a debug-python from the normal production python.
> Why can't you configure with an entirely different --prefix, such as
> /just/for/me?

I think this would be tricky on OS X, which looks for frameworks in
fixed places.  It really would be nice to have the framework have a
different name.  But this may be an OS specific problem.


  ... so the notion that it is meaningful to pass pointers to memory
  objects into which any random function may write random values
  without having a clue where they point, has _not_ been debunked as
  the sheer idiocy it really is.        -- Erik Naggum, comp.lang.lisp

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