[Pythonmac-SIG] Is MacPython the right tool for me?
Thu, 2 May 2002 08:30:59 -0700
On Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at 06:54 AM, Jack Jansen wrote:
> On Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at 01:53 , Robin Siebler wrote:
>> Let me prefice this by saying that I haven't used a Mac in 5 years
>> and I
>> haven't used MPW in over 5 years. With that said, here is what I am
>> to do: I have some command-line tools that run in MPW. I would like
>> create some automated scripts to test these CLT's. Is MacPython the
>> tool for this? If not, what would be?
> You could use MacPython with the mpwsystem module (in :Mac:Contrib) and
> the toolserver, but it would probably be a bit convoluted. Somebody did
> an MPW version of Python a long long time ago, but I'm pretty sure that
> that isn't maintained anymore (i.e. macpythonistas who know anything
> about this: please speak up!).
Back in the 1.5.2 days I experimented with getting Python to compile as
an MPW tool. As I recall, most of it compiled without too much pain (I
think there was a fair amount of MPW support already in the source) and
I ended up with something that had basic functionality: you could use
simple scripts interactively. However internal file system access was
broken - I couldn't run a script in a .py file because python couldn't
access the file system - and I gave up before I resolved this issue.
I never made what I did public, and I don't know if I still have the
makefiles and modifications (and even if I did, they are 3 years out of
date). Based on my experience, you may well be able to get something
running in about a week if you had the time and sufficient knowledge of
the MPW compilers and makefile system.
> And the chance of anyone picking up MPW-python nowadays, with MPW as
> good as dead, is minimal...
My principal interest at the time was because I didn't have access to
CodeWarrior and MPW was freely available. For those not on OS X, this
could still be a compelling argument.