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Hi,

I was wondering what the difference between the /Library/Frameworks folder and the /System/Library/Frameworks folder is because the first frameworks folder has a considerably lower amount of frameworks than the one under System. Is this supposed to be like this?
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One is for the system (OS X), one is for applications that are installed for all users (/Library/Frameworks) and one is for only your user (~/Library/Frameworks also known as /Users/<username>/Library/Frameworks).

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One is for the system (OS X), one is for applications that are installed for all users (/Library/Frameworks) and one is for only your user (~/Library/Frameworks also known as /Users/<username>/Library/Frameworks).
Oh so the (~?Library//Frameworks) is the folder of Frameworks I downloaded? Because I have a Python folder in each of the different Frameworks folders.
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No, you don't download a Frameworks folder. Python installs it to an already present Frameworks folder: /Library/Frameworks/. It install itself here because it is designed to be usable by all users on the system.

There is a version of Python at /System/Library/Frameworks - this is the Python installation that comes with OS X.

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No, you don't download a Frameworks folder. Python installs it to an already present Frameworks folder: /Library/Frameworks/. It install itself here because it is designed to be usable by all users on the system.

There is a version of Python at /System/Library/Frameworks - this is the Python installation that comes with OS X.
yeah that's what i thought. so what if i deleted the Python folder in /System/Library/Frameworks? And also that's weird because apparently my Mac came with 3.2 Python and I bought it in 2011.
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Don't touch anything in /System, ever. The files in there are used by the operating system.

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Don't touch anything in /System, ever. The files in there are used by the operating system.
I know that!! But I may have moved a python 3.2 folder in the /System once. I don't know. Not sure. But could you answer my question about why I have another Python folder in /Library? And what it's for, and if I need it?
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I know that!! But I may have moved a python 3.2 folder in the /System once.
If you know that, why'd you move something into /System?
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But could you answer my question about why I have another Python folder in /Library? And what it's for, and if I need it?
The standard Python installer installs Python to /Library/Frameworks. If you've installed Python manually, that would be it. Do you need it? That's up to you to answer.

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If you know that, why'd you move something into /System?
The standard Python installer installs Python to /Library/Frameworks. If you've installed Python manually, that would be it. Do you need it? That's up to you to answer.
Oh ok that's what I thought. And if you know if i'm not supposed to have the python 3.2 in my /System tell me because then I can delete it.
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I don't have it in /System and I have a new machine. However, there's little reason to remove it and, given what I mentioned before, you don't want to go deleting stuff because it's probably there for a reason.

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I don't have it in /System and I have a new machine. However, there's little reason to remove it and, given what I mentioned before, you don't want to go deleting stuff because it's probably there for a reason.
what versions do you have? And I most likely did put it there because when I was downloading tons of Python stuff I downloaded 3.2 and now I just use 2.7 so I probably wouldn't need it.
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I'm not sure why it would have ended up there since Python is shipped as an installer. The only way I can imagine it ended up there was if you either moved it from there or compiled it from source and set /Syste/Library/Frameworks/ as the target during the build process.

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I'm not sure why it would have ended up there since Python is shipped as an installer. The only way I can imagine it ended up there was if you either moved it from there or compiled it from source and set /Syste/Library/Frameworks/ as the target during the build process.
Oh ok. well i think im gonna go ahead and delete it.
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You might want to reconsider - it's best to leave /System as it is.

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You might want to reconsider - it's best to leave /System as it is.
I know but after all this evidence that it's not supposed to be there and the possibility that I actually put it there once is really saying that I don't need it. I mean we could always get another person's opinion.
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