[Python-Dev] PYTHON3PATH

ssteinerX@gmail.com ssteinerx at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 18:57:42 CET 2010

On Jan 13, 2010, at 12:40 PM, Ralf Schmitt wrote:

> "R. David Murray" <rdmurray at bitdance.com> writes:
>> Please review issue 2375 [1], which is an enhancement request to add a
>> PYTHON3PATH environment variable.  Because we have elected to have both
>> a python and a python3 command, I think this is an issue worth thinking
>> about carefully to make sure we are serving the Python user community
>> and easing the transition to python3.  It could be that "use virtualenv"
>> is the best answer, but I feel we should think about it carefully to
>> make sure that is really true.
>> [1] http://bugs.python.org/issue2375
> The first thing I got while trying to run a python3 prompt few days ago,
> was an error. python3 tried to read my $PYTHONSTARTUP file, which used
> print statements. people will have to run both python 2 and python 3
> code at the same time. Using different environment variables will make
> this easier.

Or, how about just removing the antiquated use of environment variables altogether from Python 3 and avoid the issue completely.  

Python 2 will continue to run as it has, and better solutions will emerge for Python 3 development.

Beats the heck out of making a whole duplicate set for PYTHON3BLAHBLAH, yuck!


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