Python on Mac

Rajanikanth Jammalamadaka rajanikanth at
Thu Aug 28 07:35:02 CEST 2008

Hi! Luca,

All you need to do is in the final step of (configure, make and make
install), use make altinstall instead of make install. That way, your
original python implementation won't be affected.



On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 7:46 AM,  <luca.ciciriello at> wrote:
> Hi All.
> I'm really new in the python world, so, sorry if my question is particulary
> stupid.
> I've just installed on my system (Mac OS X 10.4 PPC) the python version
> 2.5.2 and all works fine.
> My next step is to install the version 3.0 (when available). I've read
> somewhere that this version will break the backward compatibility with the
> 2.x series. I know that several Mac apps (such as Xcode developement
> environment) use python for its internal functionalities. Now, my question
> is: what will appen to the Mac apps if I install the version 3.0 of python?
> Is it safe to install this version without to compromise the behaviour of
> the system?
> Thanks in advance for any answer and, again, sorry if my question is
> particulary stupid, I will learn with time.
> Luca.
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