[Numpy-discussion] Numpy 1.3.0 rc1 OS X Installer
Mon Mar 30 12:10:16 CDT 2009
David Cournapeau wrote:
> I don't really care, as long as there is only one. Maintaining binaries
> for every python out there is too time consuming. Given that mac os X
> is the easiest platform to build numpy/scipy on,
I assume you meant NOT the easiest? ;-)
> that's not something i am interested in.
>> There are ways to build an installer that puts it in a place that both
>> can find it -- wxPython does this -- but I'm not so sure that's a good idea.
> there is the problem of compatibility. I am not sure whether Apple
> python and python.org are ABI compatible
In theory, yes, and in practice, it seems to be working for wxPython.
However, I agree that it's a bit risky. I'm at the PyCon MacPython
sprint as we type -- and apparently Apple's is linked with the 10.5 sdk,
whereas python.org's is linked against the 10.3 sdk -- so there could be
> I will thus build binaries
> against python.org binaries (I still have to find a way to guarantee
> this in the build script, but that should not be too difficult).
Hardcoding the path to python should work:
> My experience is that every choice presented to the user makes for
> more problem. And that just takes too much time. I prefer spending
> time making a few good installers rather than many half baked.
I agree -- and most packages I use seem to supporting python.org
exclusively for binaries.
> Ideally, we should have something which could install on every python
> version, but oh well,
well, I guess that's the promise of easy_install -- but someone would
have to build all the binary eggs... and there were weird issues with
universal eggs on the mac that I understand have been fixed in 2.6, but
Thanks for all your work on this,
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