Brew doctor gave me a warning

Learning Challenge

Get your mac ready


After installing homebrew, we are supposed to run “brew doctor” to make sure it worked, but I get this warning:
" mattriese@Matts-MBP ~ % brew doctor
Please note that these warnings are just used to help the Homebrew maintainers
with debugging if you file an issue. If everything you use Homebrew for is
working fine: please don’t worry or file an issue; just ignore this. Thanks!

Warning: "config" scripts exist outside your system or Homebrew directories.
`./configure` scripts often look for *-config scripts to determine if
software packages are installed, and which additional flags to use when
compiling and linking.

Having additional scripts in your path can confuse software installed via
Homebrew if the config script overrides a system or Homebrew-provided
script of the same name. We found the following "config" scripts:

I know I won’t need Python for a while, so maybe this is the wrong place to ask, but just wondering if anyone knows what this means or if I should try to fix it.

What I’ve tried

I googled the error and didn’t find anything that could help me.


Hi Matthew,
First of all, welcome to the community!

When we work from the commend line, often we get errors or warnings. Errors typically indicate a failure, and require us to fix something, but warnings are typically non-breaking and allow us to move on. You took the right approach by googling the error to try to figure out what it means.

I think you should be ok to move forward at this point despite the warning and address it when you start using python. Let us know if anything comes up during the next few sections of getting your mac ready.


ah ok, good to know! Thanks!