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ActivePython 2.5.6.10 Release Notes

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Release History and Changes (2.5)

What's New in ActivePython-2.5.6.10

Release date: June-2011

New Features & Upgrades

  • Upgrade to Python 2.5.6 (release notes)
  • Upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5.9 (changes)
  • [Windows] Installer upgrade: automatically uninstall previous versions - Bug #87783
  • [Linux] Include Tcl/Tk development files (#40)
  • [Windows] Upgrade to PyWin32 CVS snapshot as of 2011-01-16
  • Security upgrade to openssl-0.9.8r

Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes

  • [MacOSX] Fix uninstall on Snow Leopard (10.6)
  • Bug #87600: create a idleX.Y script on unix
  • [Windows] Renamed "python25.exe" to "python2.5.exe" (Unix like)
  • [Windows] Include "python2.exe"

What's New in ActivePython-2.5.5.9

Release date: 12-May-2010

New Features & Upgrades

  • [Linux] Include Tcl/Tk development files (#40)
  • Support for new platform: HP-UX IA64 32-bit

What's New in ActivePython-2.5.5.8

Release date: 25-Feb-2010

What's New in ActivePython-2.5.5.7

Release date: 05-Feb-2010

New Features & Upgrades

  • Upgrade to Python 2.5.5 (release notes)
  • Upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5.8
  • Upgrade to Pywin32 CVS (2009-11-10)

Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes

  • [Windows] Include Tcl/Tk header files (#28)

What's New in ActivePython-2.5.4.6

Release date: 01-Dec-2009

New Features & Upgrades

  • Security upgrade to openssl-0.9.8l

Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes

  • [Windows] Allow side-by-side installation of 32-bit and 64-bit builds (#11)
  • Fix the MacOSX build to use Tcl/Tk 8.5.x (bug 84679)
  • [Windows] Add registry entries to the correct location on 64-bit (bug 84403)

What's New in ActivePython 2.5.4.4

Release date: 04-Apr-2009

New Features & Upgrades

  • Upgrade to Tcl/Tk 8.5.7 and Tix 8.4.3
  • [Windows] Upgrade to PyWin32 211+ (CVS sources as of 2008-06-24)
  • [Windows] x64 build available
  • Security upgrade to openssl-0.9.8k

What's New in ActivePython 2.5.2.2

Release date: 09-Apr-2008

New Features & Upgrades

Internal Build Changes

  • [macosx, embedding] Add support to Mac OS X python stub to use the PYTHONEXECUTABLE envvar for the python to exec. This is used by Komodo to run the Python executable in the Komodo.app bundle.
  • [linux] Drop old linux-glibc2.1-x86 build. All modern Linuxes have moved well beyond this.

What's New in ActivePython 2.5.1.1

Release date: 04-May-2007

New Features & Upgrades

  • Upgrade core to Python 2.5.1.

Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes

  • [windows] Fix instructions in pydoc.py so can get help(KEYWORD) easily working (bug 46059).
  • [windows] Fix pydoc.py so python -m pydoc ... works (bug 43711).
  • [windows] Fix documentation registry keys used by Pythonwin and Komodo and possibly others. (bug 68406, change 277273)
  • Fix some 404s in "What's New in Python X.Y?" docs on ASPN (bug 68224).
  • Fix compiler key of version_info dict in activestate.py distro marker to not be None most of the time.

Internal Build Changes

  • [un*x] Move to more reliable and available install-dir relocation system (relocate_python() in activestate.py).
  • [macosx, embedding] Add support to Mac OS X python stub to use a relative path to the main Python executable in the Python.app bundle. This allows an install image to be runnable without being in "/Library/Frameworks/...".

What's New in ActivePython 2.5.0.0

Release date: 13-Mar-2007

New Features & Upgrades

  • [windows] Install a python25.exe beside python.exe. This is akin to the "python2.5" setup on all other platforms. You can have multiple Python versions installed and on your PATH and call specific ones.
  • [macosx] Switch to a universal build.
  • Add full OpenSSL support.
  • [windows] PyWin32 update to build 209.2 (actually to a CVS snapshot just before the PyWin32 build 210 release).
  • Tcl/Tk 8.4.14 and Tix 8.4.2 upgrades.
  • Added all the new core extensions in Python 2.5: ctypes, SQLite (sqlite3), ElementTree (xml.etree).
  • Updated extra docs to the latest: Python FAQs, Python HOWTOs, PEPs snapshot.

Noteworthy Changes & Bug Fixes

  • [linux] Drop the separate "libcppN" builds. The "libcpp" indicated the system libstdc++.so with which the given ActivePython was compatible. However, the dependence on "libstdc++" was only accidental and only in the main python executable. The only significant system library dependence of the ActivePython linux build is now libc.so.6. The old "linux2.2-x86" build (which is built against libc.so.5) may be dropped: libc 5 is ancient.
  • [macosx] Improved the uninstall procedure. An uninstall script is included in the package receipt (instead of the old pydistro.py). This script is more reliable and knows how to restore an older existing Python framework as the default.

Internal Build Changes

  • [windows] Switched to use Wix for the installer
  • Switching to new makelib and configurelib based build sys. Otherwise very similar to old system.

Known Issues

This section lists known issues with ActivePython and Python.

Windows

Mac OS X

  • ActivePython 2.5 does not include documentation (Bug #90508)

Linux

  • The hashlib module may not import on certain versions of RHEL and CentOS with SELinux enabled. See Bug #88464 for a workaround.