[IPython-user] readline egg on leopard

Barry Wark barrywark@gmail....
Mon Aug 18 15:44:31 CDT 2008

On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 4:05 PM, Ludwig Schwardt
<ludwig.schwardt@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm sorry to hear about your problems and will help you as far as I
> can to get this sorted out...
> First off, if you are using ipython 0.8.3 or later (if I remember
> correctly), readline might not actually be necessary. The support for
> the builtin libedit library on Leopard improved to such an extent that
> you will probably not miss readline at all (tab completion, up arrow
> and such all work). My first suggestion is therefore to forget you
> ever heard about readline :-) Just try out ipython and see if you miss
> some functionality, and then come back to readline if it is really
> needed.
> On the other hand, I am curious why your installation did not work, so
> here goes...
>> I've tried to follow http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/InstallationOSXLeopard
> These instructions should be replaced by:
> sudo easy_install readline
> Unfortunately I do not have write access to the wiki, so someone else
> (Barry?) should please update it.

I will update it ASAP. Thanks for confirming the solution.

>>  So now I'm stuck.  Is my Python installation broken? ... And if the installation is
>> indeed corrupt, how do I get it back to normal on Leopard - reinstall developer tools?
>> or is there something more granular?
> No, all should still be fine, as it appears that nothing was
> installed. I do not yet understand why the installation would fail, so
> I will try it out on my Leopard system tomorrow.
> Good luck!
> Ludwig
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