[Bf-committers] solving the issues of switching to python 2.4 on Os X for next release

Stephen Swaney sswaney at centurytel.net
Thu Aug 25 05:04:03 CEST 2005

On Wed, Aug 24, 2005 at 08:15:12PM -0300, Willian Padovani Germano wrote:

> Thanks to all the info shared, we see that OS X, Irix, FreeBSD and some 
> Linux installations (depends on distros and also on users -- some have 
> newer installs, others don't) are not prepared for Python 2.4.
> I guess we should officially stay with 2.3 -- and use it in all 
> platforms which have issues with 2.4.

I would respectfully disagree with this.  Most of the world has moved
to 2.4.  There are some exceptions as we have seen:

- OSX seems to be a complete mishmash of versions and incompatibilites
- SGI seems to be stuck at 2.2 judging from the SGI freeware page
- Debian Linux, know for its stability and its old packages is lagging
behind as always.
- some subset of *BSD seems to have a problem which is unclear.

- The major linux distros like Redhat/Fedora, Ubuntu and Suse support
- Windows can use 2.4
- afaik, Solaris is ok with 2.4
- Anyone installing Python from python.org will most likely end up with
- Anyone compiling blender from source can use 2.4

The issues of slow-to-upgrade/incompatible platforms will never go 
away.  We *will* have the same discussion when Python 2.5 comes out.

I think the best way to deal with this is the same way we deal 
with Windows now - include our own distribution of Python 2.4
with enough modules to run our distributed scripts on our 'exceptional'

If needed, we can make Blender builds against Py 2.3 available.

Stephen Swaney			
sswaney at centurytel.net

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