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damianb opened this issue Nov 2, 2012 · 7 comments
Closed uses /usr/bin/python, desires python2. #49

damianb opened this issue Nov 2, 2012 · 7 comments


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damianb commented Nov 2, 2012

Not sure how many distros are doing this now, but I know a few are using "python2" to indicate python 2.x nowadays - and some have set /usr/bin/python to mean python 3.x.

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muoji commented Nov 14, 2012

Archlinux is doing this, and it's causing me problems.

I saw that the call to is only done with the path to the file and relying on its shebang to call python. I think it could be not too hard to implement a way to configure pygments to specify a path to python and then using it to call
It would solve the problem for distros that now use /usr/bin/python for python3, without breaking backward compatibility.

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damianb commented Jan 3, 2013

PING. Come on, seriously. This is one hell of an annoying problem to leave for months on end. Can't you check to see if the /usr/bin/python2 executable exists in the filesystem and use that over /usr/bin/python?

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Problem exists on Gentoo too.

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Another ping. I really would like to have this fixed.

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seven1m commented May 1, 2013


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For those using rbenv and Arch Linux:
vim .rbenv/versions/1.9.3-p392/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/pygments.rb-0.4.2/lib/pygments/
and change it to look like this
#!/usr/bin/env python2

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tnm commented Jun 25, 2013

Should be resolved in latest release.

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