[Numpy-discussion] building a better OSX install for 1.1.1

Charles R Harris charlesr.harris@gmail....
Fri Jul 18 17:37:37 CDT 2008

On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 3:17 PM, Christopher Burns <cburns@berkeley.edu>

> Sorry Russell, I was a bit brief before.
> Installer.app checks for a system requirement when the user installs
> numpy.  I build numpy using bdist_mpkg against the python.org version of
> python (MacPython).  If a user tries to install numpy and they _do not_ have
> this version of python installed, Installer.app issues a warning:
> "numpy requires System Python 2.5 to install."
> The phrase "System Python" is misleading, it's reasonable to assume that
> refers to the system version of python.  So I'd like to change it.
> This string is stored in an Info.plist buried in the .mpkg that bdist_mpkg
> builds.  I'd like to be able to override that string from the command line,
> but there does not seem to be any options for changing the requirements from
> the command line.
> The hack solution is to modify the string in the Info.plist after the
> package is built.  But I'm hoping there's a proper solution that I'm
> missing.
> Thanks!
> Chris
> On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 11:59 AM, Russell E. Owen <rowen@cesmail.net>
> wrote:
>> In article
>> <764e38540807172233m6bce652bp40478564de10e265@mail.gmail.com>,
>>  "Christopher Burns" <cburns@berkeley.edu> wrote:
>> > I've been using bdist_mpkg to build the OSX Installer.  I'd like to
>> update
>> > the requirement documentation for the 1.1.1 release candidate to say
>> > "MacPython from python.org" instead of "System Python".  bdist_mpkg
>> > specifies this, does anyone know how to override it?
>> I suspect I am misunderstanding your question, but...
>> If you are asking how to make bdist_mkpg actually use MacPython, then
>> surely you simply have to have MacPython installed for that to happen?
>> That was certainly true for MacPython and bdist_mpkg on 10.4.x.
>> Or are you asking how to make the installer fail if the user's system is
>> missing MacPython? That I don't know. I usually rely on the .mpkg's
>> ReadMe and the user being intelligent enough to read it, but of course
>> that is a bit risky.
>> If you are asking how to modify the ReadMe file then that is trivial --
>> just look through the .mpkg package and you'll find it right away. I
>> often replace the default ReadMe with my own when creating .mpkg
>> installer for others.
Since 1.1.1rc1 is coming out this Sunday, I'd like to know who is
responsible for the OS X  install improvements, if that is what they are. I
don't know squat about them myself and don't run OS X.

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