Accidental overwrite of OSX Python system framework

I got ahead of myself and downloaded and installed the OSX Python 2.6 package from www.python.org/download/ on my OSX 10.5.5 Intel Mac and installed the full package contents. Only after this did I come across http://wiki.python.org/moin/MacPython/Leopard stating that you should do a partial install of the package to avoid interfering with the system install.

I'm afraid I've already overwritten the system framework through that installer and I remember reading somewhere after discovering this that I'd lose certain elements included in the OSX system install and not Python distributions.

Is there any way to reverse this or restore anything I may have lost? What exactly have I lost and is it going to be a problem?


Asked by: Brad780 | Posted: 01-10-2021






Answer 1

You may have overwritten the system framework but it is more likely that you just overwrote the symlinks in /usr/bin to point to the new version. Try going to /usr/bin and seeing (with something like ls -alsh) where the python symlink points to. It may be python2.6 or 3.0, which is in turn a ln to /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions ... etc. First try resetting the python symlink to the stable or expected version, ie, sudo ln -s /usr/bin/python2.5 python (from the /usr/bin dir.)

Answered by: Blake778 | Posted: 02-11-2021



Answer 2

I just ran into the same thing myself. I did find that the MacPython installer modified my search $PATH and added '/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/Current/bin' which caused the python executable there to be found before the one in '/usr/bin'.

Hope this helps anyone else!

Answered by: Chester137 | Posted: 02-11-2021



Answer 3

Restore from a recent Time Machine backup or somehow from DVD?

Answered by: Hailey228 | Posted: 02-11-2021



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