Idle on Mac issues

Andrea D'Amore anddamNOPSAM+gruppi at
Tue Nov 4 22:41:44 CET 2014

On 2014-11-04 19:55:00 +0000, Ned Deily said:

> […] all Apple 8.5 version have serious bugs that have been fixed 
> upstream.  The most
> serious involves an immediate, unrecoverable crash in Tk when typing a
> composition character in an edit window or the IDLE shell […]

I stand corrected, I wasn't aware of these issues since I've always used the
version available in ports.

> Note that the MacPorts Tk 8.6 has two variants: +quartz (for
> the native Cocoa Tk) and +x11 (for a traditional X11-based Tk).Because
> of many odd implementation choices with X11 and X11 Tk on OS X, I do not
> recommend using the X11 Tk on OS X with IDLE.

I know, I'm using tk +x11 on purpose due to an issue with a specific 
program and the +quartz version.

> You are well-advised to use the
> latest versions of Python, currently 3.4.2 and 2.7.8, to get the best
> experience with IDLE.

I mentioned the slightly outdated 2.7.6 as that's the one shipped with 
the system and it's better not to tinker with it, IIRC there are system 
scripts relying on it.


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