[IPython-user] Re: OSX tab completion

Chanchal G notmuch at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 21:36:05 CST 2005


So the solution is to get python source, fix readline.c and configure, 
make install. Right?

Yes, Fink's version of python & ipython work fine.


On Apr 1, 2005, at 10:17 PM, Robert Kern wrote:

> Fernando Perez wrote:
>> Robert Kern wrote:
>>> And it works! Thank you for grepping where I dare not!
>> Glad to hear that.  Do not fear grep, it is a gentle beast despite 
>> its awkward appearance :)
>
> I fear not grep. I fear readline!
>
>> Question: did we establish whether fink also suffers from this 
>> problem?  It might be worth adding a note concerning this to the 
>> manual.
>
> While I can't check personally, with your information I am almost 
> positive that Fink, in any sensible configuration, will not exhibit 
> this problem. The problem with Apple's Python was that it was not 
> configured with readline, so the autoconf macros relating to readline 
> never got triggered. Building readline after the fact without taking 
> these into consideration are causing the problem.
>
> Fink Python build-depends on readline, so the autoconf macros do get 
> triggered. I earlier questioned Eric's statement that Fink worked 
> out-of-box because I had thought the only two paths for changing that 
> behavior were through configuration settings and changing the readline 
> library itself, and Fink does not significantly patch readline. And I 
> also inherently mistrust Fink, but that is apparently beside the 
> point.  ;-)
>
> -- 
> Robert Kern
> rkern at ucsd.edu
>
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