Mac vs. Linux for Python Development
cs at zip.com.au
Sun Mar 2 01:55:51 CET 2014
On 01Mar2014 15:07, Ned Deily <nad at acm.org> wrote:
> In article <4e741358-ce12-40ac-97b8-3bbbf2d6ddca at googlegroups.com>,
> "Mark H. Harris" <harrismh777 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > [...]
> > If you want to use terminals on OSX you'll want to install Quartz and run
> > the terminal on the emulated X environment. It works better for python IMHO.
> > The built-in terminal for OSX need serious configuring (which is possible)
> > because its color is bad, and its tiny by default, with a crummy font. All of
> > that can be changed, but it just works better to use XQuartz.
> That certainly is a matter of preference. There are plenty of drawbacks
> to using X11-based apps on OS X. I wouldn't advise new users to OS X to
> go that route unless they were really set on using X11 entirely and, in
> that case, why use OS X at all? If you don't like Apple's built-in
> Terminal.app, another option is to use iTerm 2, an open source native
> alternative that has many more features.
> It's also available through MacPorts.
I also recommend iTerm2. It is really good, far better than OSX's
I run it full screen and split it into panes, typically 3 or 4
vertical and then as many horizontal as required (ssh to multiple
hosts); I edit in a full height pane usually.
To reiterate from a post to mutt-users:
I like iTerm2 for the following reasons:
- focus follows mouse
- selecting text can be set to set the cut buffer immediately, no %C
needed. Like X11.
- horizontal and vertical pane tiling
I've bound shift-%V to open a new vertical pane (splits the current
pane vertically) and shift-%T to open a new horizontal pane (splits
the current pane horizontally).
This is outstandingly useful for working in multiple shells.
I do a lot of remote admin and opening shells on a bunch of machines
nicely arranged for coordinated work is very pleasing.
And of course I've spent some time tuning fonts and colours, and made
things slightly transparent with a slight brightening for the currently
focussed pane. iTerm2 has lots of features, but the ones above are the
real winners for me.
Here's a screenshot of this message:
Cameron Simpson <cs at zip.com.au>
TeX: When you pronounce it correctly to your computer, the terminal may
become slightly moist. - D. E. Knuth.
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