[Numpy-discussion] Which Python to use for Mac binaries

David Cournapeau cournape@gmail....
Tue Jan 8 09:20:51 CST 2013

On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:31 AM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM, Chris Barker - NOAA Federal
> <chris.barker@noaa.gov> wrote:
>> On Sun, Jan 6, 2013 at 2:04 AM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Which exact Python do we need to use on Mac? Do we need to use the
>>>> binary installer from python.org?
>>> Yes, the one from python.org.
>>>> Or can I install it from source?
>> you could install from source using the same method that the
>> python.org binaries are built -- there is a script with the source to
>> do that, though I'm not sure what the point of that would be.
>>> The 10.3 installers for 2.5, 2.6 and 2.7 should be compiled on OS X 10.5.
>> It would be great to continue support for that, though I wonder how
>> many people still need it -- I don't think Apple supports 10.5
>> anymore, for instance.
>>> The 10.7 --> 10.6 support hasn't been checked, but I wouldn't trust it. I
>>> have a 10.6 machine, so I can compile those binaries if needed.
>> That would be better, but it would also be nice to check how building
>> on 10.7 works.
>>> Avoid using system Python for anything. The first thing to do on any new OS
>>> X system is install Python some other way, preferably from python.org.
>> +1
>>> Last note: bdist_mpkg is unmaintained and doesn't support Python 3.x. Most
>>> recent version is at: https://github.com/matthew-brett/bdist_mpkg, for
>>> previous versions numpy releases I've used that at commit e81a58a471
>> There has been recent discussion on the pythonmac list about this --
>> some waffling about how important it is -- though I think it would be
>> good to keep it up to date.
> I updated my fork of bdist_mpkg with Python 3k support.  It doesn't
> have any tests that I could see, but I've run it on python 2.6 and 3.2
> and 3.3 on one of my packages as a first pass.
>>> If we want 3.x binaries, then we should fix that or (preferably) build
>>> binaries with Bento. Bento has grown support for mpkg's; I'm not sure how
>>> robust that is.
>> So maybe bento is a better route than bdist_mpkg -- this is worth
>> discussion on teh pythonmac list.
> David - can you give a status update on that?

It is more a starting point than anything else, and barely tested. I
would advise against using it ATM.


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