[Python-Dev] Fwd: Broken link to download (Mac OS X)

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Wed Apr 14 05:51:57 CEST 2010

Why is it unavoidable that the Mac build will languish behind others?
Are we supporting MacOs or aren't we? If we are, why isn't the creation
of the build a part of the release process?

Clearly it's not a priority given that nobody has seen fit to (or had
time to) reply to this mail in three weeks.


webmaster at python.org wrote:
> Hey all,
> This seems to happen whenever we do a new release (we've had a couple of
> emails to webmaster at python.org about it since 2.6.5 was released). The
> main download page for Python has a broken link for the Mac installer
> (because it hasn't been built yet I assume):
>     http://python.org/download/
> The link 404s, with no explanation or alternate link - so for the casual
> user who wants to install Python 2.6 on Mac OS X they are
> sorely-out-of-luck.
> Not being able to provide a mac installer at the same time as other
> platforms is one thing (and I accept that is unavoidable), breaking the
> download links for Mac users for unspecified lengths of time is just bad
> practise. If we create a new stable release without a Mac installer can
> we at least provide a brief explanation and link to the *previous
> version* until the new version is ready?
> All the best,
> Michael
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	Broken link to down
> Date: 	Sun, 21 Mar 2010 13:40:36 +0000
> From: 	Ben Hodgson <ben at benhodgson.com>
> To: 	webmaster at python.org
> Hey there,
> In case you don't know, the link on http://www.python.org/download/ to
> the Python 2.6.5 Mac Installer Disk Image
> (http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.6.5/python-2.6.5_macosx10.3.dmg) is
> broken.
> Cheers,
> Ben
> --
> Ben Hodgson
> http://benhodgson.com/

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