stressing problem with Python < 3.3.3 / 2.7.6 and Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks

Wolfgang Maier wolfgang.maier at biologie.uni-freiburg.de
Tue Oct 14 21:52:39 CEST 2014


Hi,

I'm not a regular MacPython user, but today I had to build Mac wheels 
for different versions of Python. To test the wheel files I set up a 
fresh Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks and and installed Python 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 from 
the python.org download page on it. Then I struggled for the rest of the 
afternoon to try to figure out why Python 3.2 crashed when I used my 
package in interactive mode until I finally realized that it's not the 
package but Python that's responsible.

Turns out that I had run into http://bugs.python.org/issue18458 which 
probably every MacPython user here is so familiar with that the download 
page doesn't even mention it ? ;)

Seriously, I think the official download page for a OS shouldn't offer 
me a version that will not work well with the latest version of that OS 
without a warning. Why not add such a warning (like: versions below will 
crash in interactive mode on Mac OS 10.9) in the list of downloads at 
https://www.python.org/downloads/mac-osx/ between Python 2.7.6 (the 
first version with the issue fixed) and Python 3.2.5 (the last affected 
version).

Wolfgang




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