[Pythonmac-SIG] python 2.5b1

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Wed Jun 28 00:16:38 CEST 2006

Ronald Oussoren wrote:
>  But a seperate unix installation shouldn't be  
> necessary to use Python.

I've managed to keep my system Darwinports and fink free, but sometimes 
it's hard. It's apparently much easier to do a straight port of 
something that already works on Linux (and other *nixes) to fink, than 
to get it to compile and install right in native OS-X.

It's not python itself -- MacPython does everything it needs to. the 
issue is python stuff that requires other *nix libs and packages. Many 
of these are available in fink, but not in an easy-to-install-and-use 
version for native OS-X. We can fix some of that by adding a LOT more 
packages to the pythonmac.org repository.

Another issue is that Apple has not provided a packaging system for 
OS-X. There is no way to install a package you need, and have the system 
go and install all the dependencies for you. fink makes that easy.


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