[Python-Dev] [RELEASED] Python 3.4.0b2

Benjamin Peterson bp at benjamin-peterson.org
Mon Jan 6 01:31:12 CET 2014



-- 
Regards,
Benjamin

On Sun, Jan 5, 2014, at 04:19 PM, Bob Hanson wrote:
> On Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:20:50 -0800, Larry Hastings wrote:
> 
> > On behalf of the Python development team, I'm pleased to announce
> > the second beta release of Python 3.4.
> 
> Thanks, Larry and all the devs, your hard work is appreciated.
> 
> However, why does this new version look like adware or other
> malware when installing?
> 
> This is the first time I ever installed a version of Python which
> caused something called "MSIEXEC.EXE" to try to access some
> commercial dot-com site.
> 
> Naturally, my firewall stopped it, but what's going on? 
> 
> (A "command prompt" Windows box opened, followed by my firewall
> firing off a set of warnings about having blocked attempted
> unauthorized outbound connections to blah-blah-blah-dot-com.) 

Well, what is blah-blah-blah.com exactly?

> 
> When I attempted to run the python interpreter it appeared to
> open normally, but I haven't tried doing anything with it.
> 
> If this has to do with "ensure_pip" or whatever it's called,
> perhaps some other solution is called for which is more
> user-friendly and not as likely to incite unease and mistrust by
> attempting to silently access a commercial site while Python is
> installing. At the very least a warning seems to be called for
> (possibly along with an opt-out). Also, a more friendly site
> (python.org?) to connect to would help to restore some faith.
> 
> If it *is* about the pip thing, I can only imagine the
> frustration of Window users: Having to reconfigure firewalls to
> (properly?) upgrade Python, or ignoring the firewall-warning
> "glitch" assuming it's okay. Or, possibly, a silent failure of
> "something" if they're firewalled with warnings turned off?
> 
> If it's not pip, what is it?
> 
> Finally, is my install now broken? Are offline installs now not
> possible. Does one now need an always-on internet connection to
> use Python?
> 
> Thanks --
> 
> Bob Hanson
> 
> -- 
> Snowden reveals that George Orwell was an extreme optimist.
> 
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