[Python-Dev] New Windows installer for Python 3.5

Antoine Pitrou solipsis at pitrou.net
Tue Jan 6 15:12:21 CET 2015

On Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:56:30 +1000
Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 5 January 2015 at 18:17, Paul Moore <p.f.moore at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 5 January 2015 at 01:20, Steve Dower <Steve.Dower at microsoft.com> wrote:
> >> I think this means the best way to make multiple versions work properly is to rename python.exe to python3.5.exe, then install the launcher as python.exe and python3.exe (with some logic to look at its own name) so it can resolve the right version. Maybe we can even extend the launcher to resolve launchers in Scripts (pip.exe, etc.) and have consistent rules there too?
> >
> > This was a big debate over on distutils-sig. I advocated "py -m pip"
> > for portable use, but got basically nowhere. People want "pip" to
> > work, for compatibility with Unix (and hence ease of documentation).
> "pip" is problematic on Linux as well (due to the pip/pip3 split at
> the system level). Hence this section in the stdlib docs:
> https://docs.python.org/3/installing/#work-with-multiple-versions-of-python-installed-in-parallel

Why doesn't it recommend "pip3.4", etc. instead? Am I missing something
about it?



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