Deleted /usr/bin/python by mistake

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  1. arpit01 macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011

    I installed and uninstalled a newer version of Python, and, by mistake, deleted /usr/bin/python.

    All the system files for python are intact. Could somebody please tell me how to restore it (what files do I need to copy / create links) ?

  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    Do you still have /usr/bin/pythonw? That file is identical to the file /usr/bin/python (I checked using diff). According to the man page for python:

    PYTHON(1)                 BSD General Commands Manual                PYTHON(1)
         python, pythonw -- an interpreted, interactive, object-oriented program-
         ming language
         python ...
         pythonw ...
         To support multiple versions, the programs named python and pythonw now
         just select the real version of Python to run, depending on various set-
         tings.  (As of Python 2.5, python and pythonw are interchangeable; both
         execute Python in the context of an application bundle, which means they
         have access to the Graphical User Interface; thus both can, when properly
         programmed, display windows, dialogs, etc.)  The current supported ver-
         sions are 2.5 (provided for backward-compatibility with the Python 2.5
         family), 2.6 and 3.0, with the default being 2.6.  Use
               % man python2.5
               % man python2.6
               % man python3.0
               % man pythonw2.5
               % man pythonw2.6
               % man pythonw3.0
    Thus you could just copy pythonw and call it python. Not sure why Apple included two identical files rather than using a symlink, but I'd make sure that I did what Apple did, i.e., copy rather than link.

    You can read all about this by entering

    man python 
    in Terminal.
  3. arpit01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2011

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