Upgrade Python on a Mac

Graham Dumpleton Graham.Dumpleton at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 23:52:42 CEST 2009


On Mar 31, 3:07 am, 7stud <bbxx789_0... at yahoo.com> wrote:
> On Mar 3, 4:01 am, Graham Dumpleton <Graham.Dumple... at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Mar 3, 8:53 am, Rey Bango <reyba... at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > Hi,
>
> > > I'd like to upgrade the installed version of Python that came standard
> > > on OS X (Leopard) with either 2.6.1 or 3.0.1. Before I stick my foot
> > > in it, I just wanted to get a better understanding of the process.
>
> > > If I download the disk image installer from here:http://www.python.org/download/
> > > will it allow me to upgrade my existing version or is it more involved
> > > (eg: making a new build).
>
> > > I've looked through the python.org page for upgrade instructions for a
> > >Macand haven't found it.
>
> > > Any help would be appreciated.
>
> > Beware of the official Python binary installers for MacOS X if wanting
> > to do Python web development.
>
> > Based on feedback these installers have only been compiled for 32 bit
> > architectures. This makes them useless if you want to run mod_python
> > ormod_wsgiwith Apache that comes with MacOS X as it runs as 64 bit
> > and relies on the Python framework having 64 bit, which these
> > installers do not provide.
>
> > If this is going to affect you, build from source code. Configure
> > options required would be, as an example:
>
> > ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/python-3.0  \
> >  --enable-framework=/usr/local/python-3.0/frameworks \
> >  --enable-universalsdk=/ MACOSX_DEPLOYMENT_TARGET=10.5 \
> >  --with-universal-archs=all
>
> Which of the following is the "official Python binary installer for
> MacOS X"?
>
> -----
> Python-2.6.1.tar.bz2
>
> python-2.6.1-macosx2008-12-06.dmg
> -----
>
> and is the problem with 3.0 specifically or all versions?
>
> > Note that not all MacPorts installers have been both 32/64 bit either.
> > Not sure if they have fixed this issue.

I am talking about the binary dmg installer. Although the source by
default only installs 32 bit as well when compiled.

This issue affects all versions available.

Graham



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