python3 on mac-mavericks (was trying idle)

Cameron Simpson cs at
Fri Oct 17 07:03:11 CEST 2014

On 16Oct2014 18:08, rusi <rustompmody at> wrote:
>On Friday, October 17, 2014 3:48:20 AM UTC+5:30, Cameron Simpson wrote:
>> On 16Oct2014 06:29, rusi  wrote:
>> >On Thursday, October 9, 2014 2:56:56 PM UTC+5:30, Terry Reedy wrote:
>> >> One may have to install activestate tkc/tk on mac, depending on osx
>> >> version.  This page has details:
>> >>
>> >Ok Ive some more information:
>> >The people in the audience using macs are using mavericks
>> >Whats the best way to setup python3 for that?
>> >I remember seeing some two different repos (if that what they are called
>> >in mac-land) for python. With some different tradeoffs which I dont understand.
>> I use MacPorts. Also popular are Brew and Fink. You can even use them all at
>> once; they install to separate trees.
>Ok and is the MacPorts python3 one monolithic package or a bunch of separate
>ones (like debian/ubuntu) for core-python, tkinter, idle etc?

It is one package. (You can install distinct packages for python 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 
... and select which one is default.) That gets you Python and the stdlib.

There's a whole suite of extra packages for various third party libraries. And 
of course the user can use pip and/or virtualenv to arrange things on their 
own, also.

Cameron Simpson <cs at>

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