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Re: [PATCH] add shebang line to build/run_tests.py

From: Madan U Sreenivasan <madan_at_collab.net>
Date: 2006-05-30 17:02:56 CEST

On Tue, 30 May 2006 19:20:48 +0530, Malcolm Rowe
<malcolm-svn-dev@farside.org.uk> wrote:

> On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 07:15:36PM +0530, Madan U Sreenivasan wrote:
>> On Tue, 30 May 2006 16:34:05 +0530, Malcolm Rowe
>> <malcolm-svn-dev@farside.org.uk> wrote:
>> >On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 04:12:32PM +0530, Madan U Sreenivasan wrote:
>> >> Pl. find a patch that adds the shebang line (#!/usr/bin/env python)
>> >>to
>> >>build/run_tests.py. As a consequence, the svn:executable property had
>> to
>> >>be added to build/run_tests.py and the Makefile.in modified to run
>> >>run_tests.py directly (instead of 'python run_tests.py').
>> >>
>> >
>> >Why is this a good idea?
> By that way, that was an honest question - I'd no idea why we'd want to
> make this change. In general, it's almost always a good idea to include
> a sentence that explains the problem you're trying to fix, possibly just
> by referencing a previous post or an issue.

I understand and agree. Thanks for the suggestion. :)


>> OTOH, I was wondering if there is any specific reason we have a python
>> script without the shebang line.
> I suspect the reason is that we don't want to have to hardcode a path to
> the python executable, or even assume that 'python' gives us a suitable
> interpreter. If you look at build/find_python.sh, you'll see that it
> searches available versions of python to find a suitable one.

BINGO! you are correct. I stand corrected....

Makefile's $(PYTHON) variable holds the path of a python (>2.0)
interpreter like you said.
In addition, even run_tests.py internally invokes the individual python
tests using the path to the above python interpreter.

Thanks for spending the time on this patch. :)


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