Installing Python 3

Ned Deily nad at
Tue Sep 9 04:23:20 CEST 2014

In article 
<CAMBEgTEobpYpbYuyJnNKNB+jwdWP6+axWhAH9MXU-nOvrp-9PQ at>,
 Ashley Forman <forma105 at> wrote:
>   My name is Ashley Forman, and I am emailing because I cannot install
> python onto my Mac laptop! I have installed Active-TCl 8.5 along with
> Python 3.3 and tried with 3.4, and couldn't figure out a solution to my
> problem. When I click on IDLE to open, it does not open at all. Therefore,
> if you have any information that could help me, then I would really
> appreciate it! Thank you!

Clicking on the IDLE icon is fine - unless it is doesn't work, in which 
case error messages associated with the failure may end up in a system 
log rather than being display directly to you.  It's easier to debug 
problems like this by launching IDLE from a terminal session than by 
double-clicking on it.  Assuming you installed Python 3.4 (3.4.1 is 
current) from one of the installers, open a terminal shell 
window, for example by using the (found in 
/Applications/Utilities).  Then, in the shell window, try typing:


If IDLE fails, there should be some sort of error message in the 
terminal window.  If it is not clear what the problem is, copy and paste 
them to the group here.

You can also just try launching Python itself and verify that it works 
without IDLE:


Good luck!

 Ned Deily,
 nad at

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