Multiple python versions, one dev environment???

Javier nospam at
Thu Jul 17 18:05:27 CEST 2014

Are you using arch linux.  

I deal with multiple interpreters putting fake executables in
/usr/local/bin for everything: (python, sphinx, virtualenv, pydoc,
idle, python-config...) selecting 2 or 3.  You can do the same for
selecting 2.3, 2.5, 2.7.  What the scripts do is to detect whether it
is a system script whose prefix starts with /usr/bin, or whether it is
a user script.  Being in /usr/local/bin they will override executables
in /usr/bin. Remember to chmod a+x the files in /usr/local/bin

I use these scripts, but there is more than one way to do it

script=`readlink -f -- "$1"`
case "$script" in
    exec python3 "$@"
exec python2 "$@"

script=`readlink -f -- "$1"`
case "$script" in
    exec virtualenv3 "$@"

exec virtualenv2 "$@"

Joep van Delft <joepvandelft at> wrote:
> Hello! 
> The condensed version of the question would probably be: How does one
> deal with multiple interpreters and one package where you want to try
> some changes? 
> The background: 
> I made a trivial change to some package (docutils) to scratch a
> personal itch, and I want to offer this back to the community
> (whether it will be accepted or not). Because of this, I ran into
> some issues. 
> Some facts:
> 1. Python3 is my main interpreter. 
> 2. The tests of docutils only run under python2.
> 3. I desire not to touch my distribution's version of
>   site-packagesX-Y.
> 4. I prefer to have one and only one development directory of
>   my target package. 
> My confusions: 
> 1. Is it possible to have one source control managed directory of
>   some package, which is used by two versions of python? 
> 2. I assume that the *.pyc-files generated while using some python
>   source are version dependent. What is the recommended way to have
>   'em both installed? 
> 3. The way I have stumped a wall over here, is the puzzle of how to
>   make python2 have a different $PYTHONPATH as python3. I hope to
>   hear how this strategy is silly :) 
> 4. I have contemplated the way of linking the source files from my
>   development directory into user specified site-packages
>   directories. Problem 3. still is valid. 
> 5. Should venv and friends/foes com into play? If so: How? 
> Appreciate any light shed on these issues. 
> Thanks! 
>        Joep

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