Using Macports With Already Installed Python

Faisal Moledina faisal.moledina at
Sat Jun 26 09:38:25 PDT 2010

I forgot to send my original message to the mailing list. Anyway, what
I do is use python_select to choose Macports python26 port, and try to
install whatever packages that I can through Macports. For those that
don't work, such as pywt and perhaps cython in your case, I
easy_install them in my home prefix in ~/py2.6. That way I can just

easy_install package --prefix=~/py2.6


python install --prefix=~/py2.6

Then, set PYTHONPATH=~/py2.6/lib/python2.6/site-packages and you
should be good. I currently use that for Pytables, for which the 2.2
beta and rc versions are not yet available in Macports.


On Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM, Thomas Markovich
<thomasmarkovich at> wrote:
> I need pywavelets and unfortunately, the one in the port list has a few
> documented support issues. I tried to just install pywt from source using
> the macports python but the cython was out of date for what pywt needed.
> Maybe I'm approaching this in the wrong way and I'd be more than happy to
> hear an easier solution.
> Thomad
> Sent from my HTC Hero
> On Jun 26, 2010 11:01 AM, "Faisal Moledina" <faisal.moledina at>
> wrote:
>> I currently have a 64 bit python installed exactly the way I need it.
>> Well, I would absolutely lov...
> I'm curious, if the Macports python works perfectly with macports PIL,
> why do you want to use the system python installation?
> Faisal

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