[Numpy-discussion] recommended way to run numpy on snow leopard

Zachary Pincus zachary.pincus@yale....
Wed Oct 21 09:09:35 CDT 2009


> Wow.  Once again, Apple makes using python unnecessarily difficult.
> Someone needs a whack with a clue bat.

Well, some tools from the operating system use numpy and other python  
modules. And upgrading one of these modules might conceivably break  
that dependency, leading to breakage in the OS. So Apple's design goal  
is to keep their tools working right, and absent any clear standard  
for package management in python that allows for side-by-side  
installation of different versions of the same module, this is  
probably the best way to go from their perspective.

Personally, I just install a hand-built python in /Frameworks. This is  
very easy, and it is also where the python.org python goes, so 3rd- 
party installers with hard-coded paths (boo) still work.

Zach


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