The Python 2.5 port island

Dethe Elza delza at
Thu Dec 7 08:32:40 PST 2006

On 7-Dec-06, at 3:51 AM, Luc Heinrich wrote:

> As of today, the Python 2.5 port is an island. It has the correct  
> dependencies and builds correctly, but it also has some major  
> problems which makes it mostly useless:
> 1. The Python framework is not created (--enable-framework is not  
> specified in the configure args).
> 2. The 'python' symlink to 'python2.5' is not created.
> 3. All MacPorts python libraries and applications depend on  
> port:python24 or are part of portgroup:python24.
> Is there a specific reason for (1) and (2) or is this just an  
> overlook ?
> More importantly, is there a way to workaround (3) and use MacPorts- 
> managed python libraries and applications with port:python25  
> instead of port:python24 ? A way to ignore dependencies maybe ?  
> (which wouldn't completely work for all ports though, the python  
> variant of port:boost uses a hardcoded python version variable for  
> example)

I don't know the answer to all of these issues, but I do know that  
Martin Costabel has been working on Python2.5 and specifically that  
he has built boost and visual libraries for 2.5.  This work lives in  
the unstable tree until it has been tested enough to be moved to  
stable, so if you want the cutting-edge stuff, maybe checking out the  
work in unstable would be worthwhile.


This [the adoption of open source software] isn't just my idea, or  
Brazil's idea. It's the idea of our time. The complexity of our times  
demands it." --Gilberto Gil, Brazilian Minister of Culture

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