well, the actual extension does not matter. you could as well specify 
something like "--with-suffix=.mary_had_a_little_lamb" if you wanted...

for a more technological explanation, when the compile is done the 
executable is copied into the root of the python source tree. by default 
the name of the executable is "python".

this would not be a problem if it was not for the case insensitivity of 
the HFS file system used by most OS X users. there is a folder named 
"Python" in the root of the tree as well. trying to copy "python" into the 
root will fail because it collides with "Python".

the "--with-suffix" will produce a binary with that suffix and that will 
avoid this collision.

jens


On Wednesday, October 3, 2001, at 11:03 , Leonardo Rochael Almeida wrote:

>
>
> Mitchell L Model wrote:
>
>> [...] With the updates for OS 10.1 in Python 2.2a4, all I had to do to 
>> make both Python and Zope was:
>>         cd Python2.2a4
>>     configure --with-suffix=.exe
>>     make
>>     sudo make install
>>     cd Zope
>>     python wo_pcgi.py
>
>
> I don't know if it's just me, but this "--with-suffix=.exe", on an Mac OS 
> (the OS where you weren't suppose to need extensions) is extremely 
> disturbing. :-)
>
>       Cheers, Leo
>
> PS: and I'm not a Mac user, just a Linux user who would like more 
> metadata in his operating system. Maybe I've been in Zope land for too 
> long :-)
>
>
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