[IPython-user] Re: Embedded IPython and readline under MacOS-X

Robert Kern rkern at ucsd.edu
Wed Apr 6 03:26:27 CDT 2005

Frédéric Mantegazza wrote:
> Le Mardi 5 Avril 2005 17:55, Justin Walker a écrit :
>>>>$ python `python -c "import pimp; print pimp.__file__"` -i readline
>>I think the point is that, once you run the command as in Andy's post,
>>python will be configured to enable the use of readline.  At least,
>>when I run the above line once, subsequent runs of python have readline
>>In other words, you need to run the above command only once.  Then use
>>python as you normally would.
> I've just tried this command. And I understand what it is done, now.
> First, pimp stands for "Package Install Manager for Python" (MacOS-X only).
> Second, `python -c "import pimp; print pimp.__file__"` returns the script of 
> the module pimp. So, python <pimp_script> -i readline try to install the 
> 'readline' package.
> *But*, it does not work for me :o( I get a 404 Error ! Do I need to 
> configure something for pimp (server address...) ?

PIMP is now obsolete and the repository is not maintained. It may have 
even been taken offline. Grab and Installer.app package from


Unzip it somewhere, then double-click the package inside.

Robert Kern
rkern at ucsd.edu

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