[Python-Dev] Compiler for the Mac OS X version of Python 3.4

Ronald Oussoren ronaldoussoren at mac.com
Wed Sep 18 15:41:56 CEST 2013

On Sep 18, 2013, at 03:36 PM, Antoine Pitrou <solipsis at pitrou.net> wrote:

Le Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:54:32 +0200,
"Martin v. Löwis" <martin at v.loewis.de> a écrit :
Am 18.09.13 08:43, schrieb Gregory P. Smith:
> Just drop support for 10.6 with Python 3.4. Problem solved. People
> on that old of a version of the OS can build their own Python 3.4
> or do the right thing and upgrade or just install Linux.
> This isn't Windows. Compiler tool chains are freely available for
> the legacy platform. We don't need to maintain such a long legacy
> support tail there ourselves.
I don't mind such a decision in principle, but also in principle, I'd
prefer if there was a pre-set policy to decide this question,
documented in PEP 11.
Here a piece of OSX release history:
- 10.5: October 2007
* 10.5.8: August 2009
- 10.6: August 2009
* 10.6.8: July 2011
- 10.7: July 2011
* 10.7.5: July 2012
- 10.8: July 2012

This means that any Mac shipped pre-July 2011 has 10.6 or lower?
I know Mac users are fashion victims, but 2011 doesn't sound that old
to me ;-)
(it's even younger than Barry!)
That's correct, and IMHO it is too early to drop support for 10.6 and doubly so when it is only done to use a newer compiler for the binary build.

Still-using-10.5-in-production-ly yours,




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