Python 3 and my Mac (Leopard)

scott scottm45810 at
Sat Dec 27 23:06:03 CET 2008

Dan wrote:
> Wanted to learn python, got Mark Summerfield's new book "Programming in 
> Python 3".  Having a hard time getting python 3 and IDLE working on my 
> Mac with Leopard.  The mac "resources" on the site seem a bit 
> out of date, and don't really mention python 3.  Are there any resources 
> out there?  Is the python community just not interested in Macs?  I've 
> tried googling and the usual search strategies.  Any help would be 
> appreciated.

Activestate has a Python 3.0 distribution for 8 or 9 platforms including 
Mac OS X:
IDLE works well here on Leopard (calltips etc) and they have bundled 
documentation in Apple help format.

I installed ActiveTcl prior to installing Python 3.0:
I'm not sure if this was necessary for proper IDLE function or not. Both 
ActivePython 3.0 and ActiveTcl installs were painless.

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