I'm a little confused with the python on osx. I do not know if the previous owner of the laptop has installed macpython using macport. And I remembered that osx has an builtin version of python. I tried using
type -a python and the result returned
python is /usr/bin/python python is /usr/local/bin/python
However running both python at these locations give me
[GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5646)] on darwin. Do they both refer to the same builtin python mac provided?
I also read that installing macpython one would
A MacPython 2.5 folder in your Applications folder. In here you find IDLE, the development environment that is a standard part of official Python distributions...
I looked at
Applications, and theres a
MacPort folder with
python2.6 and the mentioned stuff in it. But running IDLE, i find the same message as above.
Hmm I'm a little confused. Which is which?
[GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5646)] is the version of GCC that the Python(s) were built with, not the version of Python itself. That information should be on the previous line. For example:
# Apple-supplied Python 2.6 in OS X 10.6 $ /usr/bin/python Python 2.6.1 (r261:67515, Jun 24 2010, 21:47:49) [GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5646)] on darwin Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> # python.org Python 2.7.2 (also built with newer gcc) $ /usr/local/bin/python Python 2.7.2 (v2.7.2:8527427914a2, Jun 11 2011, 15:22:34) [GCC 4.2.1 (Apple Inc. build 5666) (dot 3)] on darwin Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>>
/usr/bin should always be or link to files supplied by Apple in OS X, unless someone has been ill-advisedly changing things there. To see exactly where the
/usr/local/bin/python is linked to:
$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/python lrwxr-xr-x 1 root wheel 68 Jul 5 10:05 /usr/local/bin/python@ -> ../../../Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python
In this case, that is typical for a python.org installed Python instance or it could be one built from source.
On Mac OS X, it's in the Python framework in
Full path is:
Btw it's easy to find out where you can find a specific binary:
which Python will show you the path of your Python binary (which is probably the same as I posted above).