python needs a tutorial for install and setup on a Mac

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Mon Jun 22 08:31:17 EDT 2009

aberry wrote:

> Switching between python version
> Lets assume you have python 2.4.x and now you installed 2.5.x.By default
> python path will point to 2.4.x. To switch to python 2.5.x, use following
> commands...
> cd /usr/bin
> sudo rm pythonw
> sudo ln -s "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.5/bin/pythonw"
> pythonw
> sudo rm python
> sudo ln -s pythonw python2.5
> sudo  ln -s python2.5 python
> this worked for me... do let me know if any1 has other way of doing...

Bad idea. It might break tools that need the /usr/bin/python to be the
system's python.

a simple

export PATH=/Library/.../bin:$PATH

inside .bashrc should be all you need.


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