I was pleasantly surprised at my experience installing PyLucene this morning on my OSX 10.5 laptop. The installation instructions worked perfectly without a hiccup. This may not be impressive if you’ve never installed (or attempted to install) PyLucene before.
I tried once a year or so back and was unsuccessful. The build process just never worked for me and I couldn’t find a binary build that fit my OS + Python version + Java version combination.
Check out PyLucene:
$ svn co http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/lucene/pylucene/trunk pylucene
Build JCC. I install Python packages in my home directory and if you do so too you can omit sudo before the last command, otherwise leave it in:
$ cd pylucene/jcc $ python setup.py build $ sudo python setup.py install
Now we need to edit PyLucene’s Makefile to be configured for OSX and Python 2.5. If you use a different setup than the one that ships with OSX 10.5, you’ll have to adjust these parameters to match your setup.
Edit the Makefile:
$ cd .. $ nano Makefile
Uncomment the 5 lines Below the comment # Mac OS X (Python 2.5, Java 1.5). If you have installed a different version of Python such as 2.6, there should be a combination that works for you. Here’s what I uncommented:
# Mac OS X (Python 2.5, Java 1.5) PREFIX_PYTHON=/usr ANT=ant PYTHON=$(PREFIX_PYTHON)/bin/python JCC=$(PYTHON) -m jcc --shared NUM_FILES=2
Save the file, exit your editor, and build PyLucene:
If it doesn’t build properly check the settings in your Makefile.
After a successful build, install it (again you can omit sudo if you install Python packages locally and not system-wide):
$ sudo make install
Now verify that it’s been installed:
$ python Python 2.5.1 (r251:54863, Nov 11 2008, 17:46:48) [GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5465)] on darwin Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information. >>> import lucene >>>
If it imports without a problem you should have a working PyLucene library. Rejoice.