macOS 12.3 and /usr/bin/python. Status?

Steven Smith steve.t.smith at
Sat Apr 23 12:06:50 UTC 2022

I’m on 12.3.1 with all those ports and there’s no issue. I’ve contributed directly to several of these and have always made sure that everything uses the MacPorts Python dependencies, both in depends_build and depends_lib/run.

Additionally, to the best of my knowledge, there’s nothing in the macOS upgrade path that is expected to break any of this, so for major upgrades, I always just test the upgrade on a non-critical box, then make sure I have a viable backup, do the update, and in rare instances make a minor fix for unanticipated minor issues, or issue an upstream ticket.

The only issue I’ve seen with the disappearance of macOS native Python is some minor thing my own preliminary calendar-contacts-server configuration—the “fix” in response to the update was just to install the MacPorts version.

> On Apr 16, 2022, at 12:50, Gerben Wierda via macports-users <macports-users at> wrote:
> The following ports and their dependencies could be installed by me on macOS 12.3:
> The following ports are currently installed:
>   certbot @1.26.0_0+python310 (active)
>   clamav-server @0.101.2_4+sanesecurity+scan_schedule_access (active)
>   dcc @2.3.168_0 (active)
>   dovecot @2.3.17_0+apns+solr (active)
>   dovecot-sieve @0.5.17_0 (active)
>   gtk-doc @1.32_1+python39 (active)
>   inetutils @2.2_0+client (active)
>   iperf3 @3.11_0 (active)
>   logrotate @3.19.0_0 (active)
>   minio @2021-10-06T23-36-31Z_0 (active)
>   minio-mc @2021-10-07T04-19-58Z_0 (active)
>   mono @ (active)
>   nginx @1.21.6_0+davext+debug+fancyindex+flv+http2+mp4+secure_link+ssl+stream (active)
>   nsd @4.3.8_0 (active)
>   postfix @3.7.0_0+dovecot_sasl+pcre+smtputf8+tls (active)
>   putty @0.70_0+gui (active)
>   python3_select @0.0_2 (active)
>   rspamd @3.2_0 (active)
>   rsync @3.2.3_1 (active)
>   sieve-connect @0.90_1+perl5_28 (active)
>   unbound @1.15.0_0 (active)
>   wget @1.21.3_0+gnutls (active)
> % which python
> python not found
> % which python3
> /usr/bin/python3
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>> On 16 Apr 2022, at 18:02, Clemens Lang <cal at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>> On Sat, Apr 16, 2022 at 03:16:21PM +0200, Gerben Wierda via macports-users wrote:
>>> I’m about to take the plunge and move one of my systems to macOS 12.3
>>> (which removes /usr/bin/python). I am going to consider that a
>>> MacPorts major migration (so following the migration instructions).
>>> I haven’t seen any traffic on this issue. Does that mean hardly anyone
>>> is on 12.3? Is anyone running on 12.3? Am I simply one of the first
>>> who will be taking the plunge?
>> I'm on 12.3 for a while now, on an M1 system. I simply haven't noticed
>> any problems, and I'm using a bit of Python here and there. Seems to me
>> that most things have moved to Python 3 and it's just not a big problem
>> anymore.
>> -- 
>> Clemens
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