[Python-Dev] Computed Goto dispatch for Python 2

Nick Coghlan ncoghlan at gmail.com
Sun May 31 17:16:15 CEST 2015

On 1 June 2015 at 00:44, Terry Reedy <tjreedy at udel.edu> wrote:
> On 5/31/2015 6:59 AM, Alexander Walters wrote:
>> A better course of action would be to deprecate the non-portable
>> version.  Other than setting the PATH envvar, why do we need to continue
>> even touching the system on install?  It is highly annoying for those of
>> us that maintain several installs of python on a single windows system,
>> and it really should stop.
> Some people want the right-click context menu entries -- Run (also double
> click) and Edit with Idle, which should be Edit with Idle x.y.

And system administrators responsible for deploying and maintaining
Standard Operating Environments want the MSI integration. In that
regard, the default behaviour of the python.org installers is the
rough equivalent of the system Python on Linux distributions (with the
added complexity of needing to deal with the Windows registry).

Portable installations are often good for developers, but they come at
the cost of failing to integrate properly with the underlying
operating system.


Nick Coghlan   |   ncoghlan at gmail.com   |   Brisbane, Australia

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