Can I use Macports to update Enthought python?

David Nicholls david at
Sat Nov 26 00:14:16 PST 2011

Hmmm... I installed Spyder via Macports and it installed pretty well everything I want.  So why did I bother with Enthought, you ask.  Good question :-)

The only benefit is that the Enthought distro installs very quickly.

Spyder from the command line runs the system python (or python), not the Enthought.


On 26/11/2011, at 5:27 PM, David Nicholls wrote:

> On 26/11/2011, at 5:14 PM, Jeremy Lavergne wrote:
>>> It returns:
>>> /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/Current/bin/Python which is an alias pointing to the Enthought python.
>>> and, to confirm, when I run Python it is the Enthought version that runs.
>> /Library/ is not a MacPort-provided Python. They should all be based on /opt/local/bin/pythonX.Y
>> You might consider `port select …`
> Yes, but I was trying to do two things (on a Mac):  use the lazy-man's Python complete install provided by Enthought, and run it through Spyder.  Seems like never the twain shall meet :-(  Or at least, not yet.  
> But it has become an interesting challenge.  I managed it with independent installs or Enthought, Spyder and QT with a previous version of Enthought a couple of years ago, but not using Macports.  Really messy (QT stuff all over the place) and very time consuming...
> DN
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