Python 2.6.1 urllib error on Mac os x PPC

Ned Deily nad at
Tue Mar 3 23:10:19 CET 2009

In article <1236111699.4546.4.camel at localhost>, ati <atiware at> 
> I recompiled Python-2.6.1 with MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.3, but no
> change..
> I updated developertools to xcode312_2621, no change..
> Btw.. Python-2.5.4 compiled from scratch works fine.
> I forgot to mention the ppc computer is a Mac OS X Server version and
> the Intel computer is a normal Mac OS X.

Ah, "OS X Server" and "2.5.4 works fine"!  For 2.6, I see that the 
getproxies code in urllib was re-written to eliminate use of the 
deprecated python mac Carbon interfaces and instead use ctypes to call 
the SystemConfiguration framework directly.  It could very well be that 
there are differences in the proxy configurations between OS X and OS X 
Server.  It wouldn't surprise me if that hasn't been tested by anyone 
yet; unfortunately, I don't have an OS X Server instance handy to try it 

I guess the easiest workaround would be to patch to avoid 
those calls to SystemConfiguration.  Look at getproxies_macosx_sysconf.  
If the OS X Server system is in on a network that doesn't require HTTP 
proxies, return an empty dict, otherwise hardwire in the proxy 
configuration.  Ugh.

And, not to belabor the point but:
> I have to compile my own python, because i can't install the dmg under
> /usr/local/bin,lib, etc..
> I have to install python under /usr/local/some_other_dir/python. (this
> is a custom install for an application and i can't change ist
> requirements...)

... the installer installs to 
/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework which is reserved for 3-party apps, 
meaning it doesn't interfere with any of the Apple-supplied stuff, 
including the Apple python.  By default the 2.x installers *do* install 
symlinks in /usr/local/bin but that can be de-selected during the 
install, if necessary.  Then you could create your own symlinks from 
/usr/local/some_other_dir.  But it's unlikely that that will directly 
solve the problem above.   You'll almost certainly still have to patch 

You should open a tracker issue about this at  
And nice job documenting the problem!

 Ned Deily,
 nad at

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