[Python-Dev] Pydoc Replacement for Python's help()?

Cyd Haselton chaselton at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 13:46:38 CET 2015

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 6:31 AM, Cyd Haselton <chaselton at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 2:26 PM, Skip Montanaro
> <skip.montanaro at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 12:49 PM, Cyd Haselton <chaselton at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Unfortunately, as I quickly found out,
>>> Python's built-in help function requires tkinter, which requires
>>> tcl/tk.
>> I'm a little confused. Are you using some sort of freeze system which
>> is deciding Tkinter is required? I use help() all the time from the
>> interpreter prompt and never get a GUI. IMO you should be able to
>> strip out the gui() function (or even just comment out the Tkinter
>> import).
>> Skip
> I'm not using a freeze system, just the python I built from sources. I
> may have misread the pydoc and help() documentation online.
> Additionally it appears as though some modules were not built with the
> correct links to -lc -ldl, even though I added them as dependencies in
> Setup and setup.py, as well as in the appropriate env variables.
> Importing string, tokenize, operator, inspect...and probably others I
> haven't tested...throw the 'undefined reference to dlopen' error.
> Looks like I'll need to run make distclean and start over.  Is there
> documentation on which modules are built where and how and with which
> libraries they are linked?

A quick FYI: The decision to build 2.7.8 (instead of 3.x) on Android
was made after reading this article:

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