Jonadab the Unsightly One
jonadab at bright.net
Sat Aug 20 15:12:53 PDT 2005
"Stephen Silver" <ocalocal at btinternet.com> writes:
> There should also be a file called svgdata.py.
Umm... Oh, yeah, that just didn't get moved into the directory with
the other things. (I had expected the zipfile to unzip into a
subdirectory, but it just dumped the files loose in the current
> > from decimals import (parse_decimal, simplify_decimal)
> > ^
> > SyntaxError: invalid syntax
> I think this means that you're using an old version of Python. Try
> python -V
> to see what version you've got.
It appears that I have Python 2.3.5, despite that 2.4.1 is about two
months older than the release of the distribution I'm using.
> SVGscan needs Python 2.4.
I looked at the Python home page, but the only packages they appear to
offer are Win32 and source. How much of a pain is Python to compile
from source? Can I expect the following to Just Work(TM):
./configure --prefix=/usr ; make; make install
Or is it going to be more complicated and/or require a bunch of
dependencies? Will I find myself having to track down eighty dev
packages for all the libraries on my system? (GTK is a really serious
pain to upgrade like that, but fortunately the GTK version you list is
the version I have already, so I'm good there.)
> I could change the above so that it would work with older versions
> of Python, but SVGscan really needs Python 2.4 anyway, because in
> earlier versions xml.parsers.expat didn't have the CurrentLineNumber
> and CurrentColumnNumber that I use for reporting the location of
Wait a second... Python puts the XML parser in core, so that it can't
be upgraded independently? Really? I knew Python isn't Perl, but I
had assumed it was rather better thought-through than that. I must be
misunderstanding something, surely... ?
Wow, and I was feeling bad because I'd started using the "new",
three-argument version of open that was introduced, when, in Perl 5.6?
I was concerned that using that might turn away some 5.005 users...
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