Python 2.6 on Mac 10.7 doesn't work

Hans Mulder hansmu at
Tue Jul 17 18:27:37 CEST 2012

On 17/07/12 15:47:05, Naser Nikandish wrote:
> Hi,
> I am trying to install Python 2.6 on Mac OS Lion. Here is what I did:
> 1- Download Mac Installer disk image (2.6) (sig)   from
> 2- Install it
> 3- Run Python Luncher, go to Python Luncher preferences, and change the
>    interpreter to Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/bin/pythonw
> Now that I want to open IDLE and open my old projects, it doesn't run! 
> Is there anything that I am missing?

You may be missing a leading slash.  The path to pythonw is

> oh btw, I used to use Python 2.6.7 that comes preinstalled on Mac OS.

That could also be the problem.  You could try using the Python you've
downloaded in step 1.

> I really appreciate your help.

You could try opening /Applications/Utilities/ and running:

hon /Applications/Python\ 2.6/

(you can type it one two lines, as shown, or as a single rather long
line, leaving out the backslash-newline).

That should run Idle, or, if it doesn't, it should give you a useful
error message.

Hope this helps,

-- HansM

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