eGenix mx Base Distribution 3.2.6 GA

eGenix mx Base Distribution 3.2.6 GA

eGenix is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the eGenix mx Base Distribution 3.2.6 for Python 2.4 - 2.7.


The mx Base Distribution for Python is a collection of professional quality software tools which enhance Python's usability in many important areas such as fast text searching, date/time processing and high speed data types.

The tools have a proven record of being portable across many Unix and Windows platforms. You can write applications which use the tools on Windows and then run them on Unix platforms without change due to the consistent platform independent interfaces.

The distributions contains these open-source Python extensions, all grouped under the top-level mx Python package:

mxDateTime implements three new object types, DateTime, DateTimeDelta and RelativeDateTime and many tools based on these for doing easy conversion between and parsing of various date/time formats.

The main focus is on performance, usability and making sure that date/time values roundtrip safely. The types are also fully interoperable with Python's datetime module and often provide a much more intuitive approach to date/time calculations.

mxTextTools provides several useful functions and types that implement high-performance text parsing, processing and search algorithms.

It includes a Python-programmable very fast state machine, specifically designed for pattern matching and written in highly optimized C for both Unicode and char/byte strings.

mxProxy implements a new proxy type to provide low-level object access control, weak referencing and a cleanup protocol. It's ideal for use in restricted execution environments.

mxBeeBase is a high performance construction kit for disk based indexed databases. It offers components which you can plug together to easily build your own custom mid-sized databases and comes with ready to use on-disk dictionary implementations.

mxURL provides a new datatype for storing and manipulating URL values as well as a few helpers related to URL building, encoding and decoding.

mxUID implements a fast mechanism for generating universal identification strings (UIDs).

mxStack implements a fast and memory efficient stack object type.

mxQueue implements a fast and memory efficient queue object type.

mxTools provides a collection of handy functions and objects for every day Python programming. It includes many functions that you've often missed in Python.

The package also include a number of helpful smaller modules in the mx.Misc subpackage, such as mx.Misc.ConfigFile for config file parsing or mx.Misc.CommandLine to quickly write command line applications in Python.

All available packages have proven their stability and usefulness in many mission critical applications and various commercial settings all around the world.


The 3.2.6 release of the eGenix mx Base Distribution is the latest release of our open-source Python extensions. It includes these fixes and enhancements:


  • mxURL: Added a work-around to resolve a segfault when exiting the Python 2.7.4 interpreter. This is a Python bug which was introduced in Python 2.7.4 and will get fixed again in Python 2.7.5 - see

Documentation Enhancements

  • mxURL: Added sections on URL join operations and interaction with strings to mxURL documentation.
  • mxDateTime: Added notice to documentation that .gmtoffset() can give wrong results during DST switching time. 

Compatibility Enhancements

  • Filled the tp_methods slot of all extension types to improve Python 2.7 compatibility.

Distribution Enhancements

  • Added download URL registered with PyPI is now a static page and includes an MD5 hash tag to allow verification of the page.
  • All distribution files are GPG signed with our release key. We also provide MD5 and SHA1 hash values for all files to easily verify the downloads.

eGenix mx Base Distribution 3.2.0 was release on 2012-08-28. Please see the eGenix mx Base Distribution 3.2.0 announcement for new features in the 3.2 major release.

For a full list of changes, please refer to the eGenix mx Base Distribution change log and the change logs of the various included Python packages.


We encourage all users to upgrade to this latest eGenix mx Base Distribution release.

If you are upgrading from eGenix mx Base 3.1.x, please see the eGenix mx Base Distribution 3.2.0 release notes for details on what has changed since the 3.1 major release.


The eGenix mx Base Distribution is distributed under the terms of our Public License 1.1.0 which is an open source license similar to the Python license. You can use the packages in both commercial and
non-commercial settings without fee or charge.

The distribution comes with full source code.


Please visit the eGenix mx Base Distribution page for downloads, instructions on installation and documentation of the packages.

If you want to try the package, please jump straight to the download instructions.

As always, we are providing pre-built binaries for all supported platforms: Windows 32/64-bit, Linux 32/64-bit, FreeBSD 32/64-bit, Mac OS X 32/64-bit. Source code archives are available for installation on all other Python platforms, such as Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, etc.

To simplify installation in Zope/Plone and other egg-based systems, we have also precompiled egg distributions for all platforms. These are available on our own PyPI-style index server for easy and automatic download.

Whether you are using a prebuilt package or the source distribution, installation is a simple "python install" command in all cases. The only difference is that the prebuilt packages do not require a compiler or the Python development packages to be installed.


Commercial support for this product is available from

Please see the support section of our website for details

More Information

For more information on the eGenix mx Base Distribution, licensing and download instructions, please write to

Enjoy !

Marc-Andre Lemburg,

Published: 2013-04-17