[IPython-user] readline egg on leopard

Andreas Kemkes a5sk4s@yahoo....
Tue Aug 19 19:22:39 CDT 2008

Regarding puzzles (seen in TAOCP by Knuth):

While jostling against all manner of people 
it has been impressed upon my mind that the successful ones 
are those who have a natural faculty for solving puzzles. 
Life is full of puzzles, and we are called upon 
to solve such as fate throws our way. 
| SAM LOYD, JR. (1927)

And here is the output from sudo easy_install readline:

Searching for readline
Reading http://pypi.python.org/simple/readline/
Reading http://www.python.org/
Best match: readline 2.5.1
Downloading http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/r/readline/readline-2.5.1.tar.gz#md5=1bc37e7c184bee00c2c2230630fae1d2
Processing readline-2.5.1.tar.gz
Running readline-2.5.1/setup.py -q bdist_egg --dist-dir /tmp/easy_install-bp4Bdh/readline-2.5.1/egg-dist-tmp-sa5z6R
No eggs found in /tmp/easy_install-bp4Bdh/readline-2.5.1/egg-dist-tmp-sa5z6R (setup script problem?)

Could it be a permission problem?

Is there a way to run this in verbose mode?

Thanks for everyone's responsiveness.



----- Original Message ----
From: Barry Wark <barrywark@gmail.com>
To: Andreas Kemkes <a5sk4s@yahoo.com>
Cc: Fernando Perez <fperez.net@gmail.com>; ipython-user@scipy.org
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 5:02:40 PM
Subject: Re: [IPython-user] readline egg on leopard

On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 7:26 PM, Andreas Kemkes <a5sk4s@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Barry:
> Thanks for volunteering your help.
> Yes I had tried it and it failed.  That's when I switched to the more restricted version.

Ah, sounds like a great puzzle! If you could send the entire output of
"sudo easy_install readline", hopefully one of the gurus on the list
will be able to piece out what's going wrong. In the mean time, I hope
you have success with IPython and please keep asking questions if any
come up.


> It still fails, even after installing IPython, which I hadn't done - I was under the impression that the readline package was a prerequisite.
> I will try IPython w/o further trying to install readline - in case you want to get to the root of the matter, I will be happy to provide logs and/or other debug info - just let me know what to invoke.
> ipython-0.8.4-py2.5.egg
> Mac OS X 10.5.4
> Regards,
> Andreas
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Barry Wark <barrywark@gmail.com>
> To: Fernando Perez <fperez.net@gmail.com>
> Cc: Andreas Kemkes <a5sk4s@yahoo.com>; ipython-user@scipy.org
> Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 6:34:37 AM
> Subject: Re: [IPython-user] readline egg on leopard
> Andreas,
> As a fellow OSX user, I'm sorry you're having problems getting IPython
> working correctly. I haven't looked at this issue in a long while so I
> have a couple of questions for you to help myself get back in the game
> (at least until Ludwig, who wrote the readline egg can comment):
> 1. Have you tried the following?::
> sudo easy_install readline
> If this works for you, I wil update the wiki so that others get the
> correct instructions.
> 2. What version of IPython & OS X are you using? Accordin to Ludwig,
> many of the libedit issues have been resolved in later versions of OS
> X & IPython.
> barry
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 4:52 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 1:29 PM, Andreas Kemkes <a5sk4s@yahoo.com> wrote:
>>> From going through the archives, I can imagine that you probably have heard enough, but here it goes:
>>> I've tried to follow http://ipython.scipy.org/moin/InstallationOSXLeopard, but I'm getting
>> Ugh... I'm not on OSX, but I know we have a ton of day to day ipython
>> users and developers on OSX (Brian, Min, Robert, Stefan at the very
>> least that I know for sure).  Can one of you sort out this mess, and
>> provide ONE set of definitive instructions on what in the world the
>> right solution for OSX/readline is supposed to be?  I know it can be
>> made to work, but since I don't use the system, I have no clue about
>> all the details, variations, obsolete instructions, etc.
>> Let's have a *single* set of up to date instructions and clean up all
>> other confusing/wrong/obsolete information.  This keeps coming up from
>> users far more often than it should.  Come on, OSX guys, I know you
>> can do it :)
>> Cheers,
>> f
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