[Python-Dev] Compiler for the Mac OS X version of Python 3.4
nad at acm.org
Wed Sep 18 19:09:55 CEST 2013
Thank you all for your comments so far on this subject. I have noted
two separate issues raised here: one, how to build the Pythons provided
by binary installers to get optimum performance (i.e. use more recent
compilers); and, two, what OS X releases should we support with binary
installers. As I noted earlier, I've opened Issue19019 and I will
update it with concrete proposals when we've complete the necessary
testing and fixing of various build configurations, including of the
sort Ronald and I outlined. If you are interested in the details of
this, please move that discussion to the bug tracker.
As to point two, I will put a stake in the ground here and declare that
we will continue to support 10.6 with 3.4 batteries-included installers.
For various reasons, 10.6 remains surprisingly popular (at a recent
Python hackathon meetup in San Francisco, every person I helped who had
a Mac was running 10.6) and it is not that old even by Apple standards.
There are tradeoffs in how best to provide that support. Among those
tradeoffs are the impacts to those who provide binary packages for
extension modules and third-party libraries, as Russell notes. Again,
after investigating and testing the nitty-gritty details, if it seems
that a change in how we provide installers is warranted, we can discuss
that on Issue19019 and report back here prior to any final decision.
Also, at that time, it would be appropriate to consider a policy for
long-term support of OS X releases; it's a bit premature to do so now.
nad at acm.org
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