-This is a port of Python 2.3 to OS/2 using the EMX development tools
+This is a port of Python 2.3 to OS/2 using the EMX development tools
What's new since the previous release
-This release of the port incorporates the following changes from the
-October 24, 2002 release of the Python 2.2.2 port:
-- based on the Python v2.3 final release source.
-- now setting higher number of file handles (250).
-- defaults to building with PyMalloc enabled (Python 2.3 default).
-- the port is now maintained in the Python CVS repository.
-- most standard modules are now built into the core Python DLL.
-Python 2.3 incorporates several changes which have resolved the
-longstanding problems the EMX port has had with test_longexp.
-Python 2.3 introduces changes to the Berkeley DB support, as a result of
-the PyBSDDB3 module (for the Sleepycat DB 3.3.x/4.0.x/4.1.x library)
-being imported into Python's standard library - see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED"
-items 4 & 5 for more information.
+Another day, another version...
Licenses and info about Python and EMX
-Please read the file README.Python-2.3 included in this package for
-information about Python 2.3. This file is the README file from the
-Python 2.3 source distribution available via http://www.python.org/
-and its mirrors. The file LICENCE.Python-2.3 is the text of the Licence
-from the Python 2.3 source distribution.
+Please read the file README.Python-2.3.3 included in this package for
+information about Python 2.3.3. This file is the README file from the
+Python 2.3.3 source distribution available via http://www.python.org/
+and its mirrors. The file LICENCE.Python-2.3.3 is the text of the Licence
+from the Python 2.3.3 source distribution.
Note that the EMX package that this package depends on is released under
the GNU General Public Licence. Please refer to the documentation
The best known would be that by Jeff Rush, most recently of version
1.5.2. Jeff used IBM's Visual Age C++ (v3) for his ports, and his
-patches have been included in the Python 2.3 source distribution.
+patches have been included in the Python 2.3 source distribution.
Andy Zabolotny implemented a port of Python v1.5.2 using the EMX
development tools. His patches against the Python v1.5.2 source
chosen not to use for the binary distribution of this port (see item 16
of the "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" section below).
-Previous Python port releases by me:-
- - v2.0 on March 31, 2001;
- - v2.0 on April 25, 2001 (cleanup release + Stackless variant);
- - v2.1 on June 17, 2001;
- - v2.0 (Stackless re-release) on June 18, 2001.
- - v2.1.1 on August 5, 2001;
- - v2.1.1 on August 12, 2001 (cleanup release);
- - v2.1.1 (updated DLL) on August 14, 2001;
- - v2.2b2 on December 8, 2001 (not uploaded to archive sites);
- - v2.2c1 on December 16, 2001 (not uploaded to archive sites);
- - v2.2 on December 24, 2001;
- - v2.2.1c2 on March 31, 2002 (not uploaded to archive sites);
- - v2.2.1 on April 14, 2002;
- - v2.2.2 on October 24, 2002;
- - v2.3a2 on March 2, 2003 (not uploaded to archive sites);
- - v2.3b1 on April 27, 2003 (not uploaded to archive sites);
- - v2.2.3c1 on May 28, 2003 (not uploaded to archive sites);
- - v2.2.3 on June 1, 2003.
It is possible to have these earlier ports still usable after installing
this port - see the README.os2emx.multiple_versions file, contributed by
Dr David Mertz, for a suggested approach to achieving this.
See "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 3 for notes about the fcntl module, and
"YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 10 for notes about the pwd and grp modules.
Support for case sensitive module import semantics has been added to match
+ case sensitive module import semantics match
the Windows release. This can be deactivated by setting the PYTHONCASEOK
environment variable (the value doesn't matter) - see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED"
GNU GDBM (gdbm, dbm), zlib (zlib), GNU Readline (readline), GNU MP (mpz)
-Expat is now included in the Python release sourceball, and is always
+Expat is now included in the Python release sourceball, and the pyexpat
I have built these modules statically linked against the 3rd party
libraries. Unfortunately my attempts to use the dll version of GNU
-No updates to the Python 2.3 release have become available.
+No updates to the Python 2.3 release have become available.
Eberhard Mattes' EMXFIX04 update to his EMX 0.9d tools suite includes
bug fixes for the BSD DB library. The bsddb module included in this
Library and other distributed Python code:
The Python standard library lives in the Lib directory. All the standard
-library code included with the Python 2.3 source distribution is included
+library code included with the Python 2.3 source distribution is included
in the binary archive, with the exception of the dos-8x3 and tkinter
subdirectories which have been omitted to reduce the size of the binary
archive - the dos-8x3 components are unnecessary duplicates and Tkinter
is not supported by this port (yet). All the plat-* subdirectories in the
-source distribution have also been omitted, and a plat-os2emx directory
+source distribution have also been omitted, except for the plat-os2emx
The Tools and Demo directories contain a collection of Python scripts.
To reduce the size of the binary archive, the Demo/sgi, Demo/Tix,
All subdirectories omitted from the binary archive can be reconstituted
-from the Python 2.3 source distribution, if desired.
+from the Python 2.3 source distribution, if desired.
Support for building Python extensions:
This port is packaged as follows:
-- python-2.3-os2emx-bin-03????.zip (binaries, library modules)
-- python-2.3-os2emx-src-03???? (patches+makefiles for non-Python code)
+- python-2.3.3-os2emx-bin-03????.zip (binaries, library modules)
+- python-2.3.3-os2emx-src-03???? (patches+makefiles for non-Python code)
As all the Python specific patches for the port are now part of the
Python release tarball, only the patches and makefiles involved in
building external libraries for optional extensions are included in
-Documentation for the Python language, as well as the Python 2.3
+Documentation for the Python language, as well as the Python 2.3
source distibution, can be obtained from the Python website
(http://www.python.org/) or the Python project pages at Sourceforge
you can change into the Python home directory and run the COMPILEALL.CMD
-You can execute the regression tests included with the Python 2.3 source
-distribution by changing to the Python 2.3 home directory and executing the
+You can execute the regression tests included with the Python 2.3.3 source
+distribution by changing to the Python 2.3.3 home directory and executing the
REGRTEST.CMD batch file. The following tests are known to fail at this
- test_mhlib (I don't know of any port of MH to OS/2);
-- test_pwd (see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 10);
-- test_grp (as per test_pwd);
-- test_strftime (see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 15);
- test_strptime (see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 22);
-- test_whichdb (see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 5).
-- test_socketserver (fork() related, see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 1).
+- test_time (see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 22);
+- test_posixpath (see "YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED" item 23).
Note that some of the network related tests expect the loopback interface
(interface "lo", with IP address 127.0.0.1) to be enabled, which from my
- GNU make (I'm using v3.76.1)
- rm, cp, mkdir from the GNU file utilities package
1. decide if you need to change the location of the Python installation.
If you wish to do this, set the value of the Makefile variable LIB_DIR
to the directory you wish to use for PYTHONHOME
- (eg /usr/local/lib/python2.3).
+ (eg /usr/local/lib/python2.3).
If you want Python to find its library without the PYTHONHOME
environment variable set, set the value of the Makefile variable
linked against the GDBM library) or need it for file format compatibility,
you may be better off deleting it and relying on GDBM.
-Any code you have which uses the bsddb module can be modified to use the
-renamed module by changing
+Any code you have which uses the v1.85 bsddb module can be modified to
+use the renamed module by changing
-A side effect of these changes is that the test_whichdb regression test
6. The readline module has been linked against ncurses rather than the
termcap library supplied with EMX.
case insensitive but case preserving file/operating systems (Windows etc),
have been incorporated into this port, and are active by default. Setting
the PYTHONCASEOK environment variable (to any value) reverts to the
-previous (case insensitive) semantics.
+previous (case insensitive) semantics. This can be an issue with some
+file management utilities that do not preserve the case of file and
13. Because I am statically linking ncurses, the _curses_panel
module has potential problems arising from separate library data areas.
To avoid this, I have configured the _curses_.pyd (imported as
-"_curses_panel") to import the ncurses symbols it needs from _curses.pyd.
-As a result the _curses module must be imported before the _curses_panel
-module. As far as I can tell, the modules in the curses package do this.
-If you have problems attempting to use the _curses_panel support please
-let me know, and I'll look into an alternative solution.
+"_curses_panel") to import the ncurses symbols it needs from _curses.dll
+(which is the curses module, but with a .dll extension rather than .pyd
+so that the dynamic loader can actually import the symbols from it as a
+The site module (Lib/site.py) has code added to tweak BEGINLIBPATH so
+that _curses.dll is found when _curses_panel is imported. If you have
+problems attempting to use the _curses_panel support please let me know,
+and I'll have another look at this.
14. sys.platform reports "os2emx" instead of "os2". os.name still
reports "os2". This change was to make it easier to distinguish between
This release sees the default optimisation change to
-"-O3 -fomit-frame-pointer". This works fine too for pgcc 2.95 but not
+"-O3 -fomit-frame-pointer -mprobe". This works fine too for pgcc 2.95
With gcc 3.2.1, -O3 causes 2 unexpected test failures: test_format and
test_unicode. Both these tests pass if -O2 is instead of -O3 with this
leverages the strftime module, and as a result test_strptime fails
due to the EMX strftime bug in item 20 above.
+23. test_posixpath attempts to exercise various Posix path related
+functionality. Most of the sub-tests pass, but the "ismount" and
+"samestat" subtests fail:
+- EMX provides not satisfactory mount point emulation, so "ismount"
+- EMX documents that successive stat() calls will produce different
+ results, so "samestat" cannot succeed.
+test_posixpath should skip these tests on EMX.
+24. I have had a report that attempting to use the Bittorrent package
+(http://bitconjurer.org/BitTorrent/) with this port causes traps not
+long after starting the download; this using the "headless" download
+script on eCS v1.1. I have not been able to duplicate this myself,
+but the indications I have suggest a failure in the 32 bit TCP/IP
+stack (v4.3.2? on eCS v1.1) - on my v4.0 FP12 system with MPTS fixpack
+WR8425 applied (16 bit TCP/IP stack v4.02), BitTorrent appears to work
+normally in testing on a 100Mbit LAN. With the curses.panel fix (see
+item 13 above), the BitTorrent curses downloader works too. I'd
+appreciate any success or failure reports with BitTorrent, though
+I've regretfully recommended that the person who reported the failure
+take this up with eCS support. Since this report, I have received a
+followup which suggests that the problem may have been a buggy network
+card driver. I think it suffices to say that BitTorrent is a fair stress
+test of a system's networking capability.
... probably other issues that I've not encountered, or don't remember :-(
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