python3.2m installed as (additional) binary

andrew cooke andrew at
Sun Feb 27 23:08:23 CET 2011


I just downloaded, built and altinstalled Python3.2 on Linux x64.  I noticed that in /usr/local/bin I have two identical (says diff) binaries called Python3.2 and Python3.2m.  Is this expected?  I can find very little reference to them apart from a short discussion in python-dev where someone asks if users will be confused by this and Barry Warsaw replies saying that they won't see them (well, I do!).

All I did was the usual ./configure; make; sudo make altinstall

So is this a bug?

pl6 Python-3.2: ls -l /usr/local/bin/python3.2*
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 7368810 2011-02-27 13:03 /usr/local/bin/python3.2
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 7368810 2011-02-27 13:03 /usr/local/bin/python3.2m
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root    1826 2011-02-27 13:03 /usr/local/bin/python3.2m-config
pl6 Python-3.2: diff  /usr/local/bin/python3.2 /usr/local/bin/python3.2m
pl6 Python-3.2:

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