[Python-Dev] readline compilarion fails on OSX

Bob Ippolito bob at redivi.com
Tue Feb 21 04:04:08 CET 2006

On Feb 20, 2006, at 6:48 PM, Guido van Rossum wrote:

> On OSX (10.4.4) the readline module in the svn HEAD fails compilation
> as follows. This is particularly strange since the buildbot is green
> for OSX... What could be up with this?
> building 'readline' extension
-lots of build junk-

In Apple's quest to make our lives harder, they installed BSD libedit  
and symlinked it to readline.  Python doesn't like that.  The  
buildbot might have a real readline installation, or maybe the  
buildbot is skipping those tests.

You'll need to install a real libreadline if you want it to work.

I've also put together a little tarball that'll build readline.so  
statically, and there's pre-built eggs for OS X so the easy_install  
should be quick:


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