strange results from sys.version

Robert Kern robert.kern at
Tue Sep 28 01:30:02 CEST 2010

On 9/27/10 6:01 PM, John Machin wrote:
> I am trying to help a user of my xlrd package who says he is getting anomalous
> results on his "work computer" but not on his "home computer".
> Attempts to reproduce his alleged problem in a verifiable manner on his "work
> computer" have failed, so far ... the only meaning difference in script output
> is in sys.version
> User (work): sys.version: 2.7 (r27:82500, Aug 23 2010, 17:18:21) etc
> Me : sys.version: 2.7 (r27:82525, Jul 4 2010, 09:01:59) etc
> I have just now downloaded the Windows x86 msi from and
> reinstalled it on another computer. It gives the same result as on my primary
> computer (above).
> User result looks whacked: lower patch number, later date. says
> "Python 2.7 was released on July 3rd, 2010."
> Is it possible that the "work computer" is using an unofficial release? What
> other possibilities are there?

ActivePython was released on Aug 25:

Robert Kern

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma
  that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had
  an underlying truth."
   -- Umberto Eco

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