Python installation problem (sorry if this is a dup)


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Ray Buck

I've been trying to install Mailman, which requires a newer version
of the Python language compiler (p-code generator?) than the one I
currently have on my linux webserver/gateway box.

It's running a ClarkConnect 2.01 package based on Red Hat 7.2 linux.

I downloaded the zipped tarball (Python-2.4.4.tgz), ran gunzip, then
un-tarred it in /usr/local. Then (logged in as root) from
/usr/local/Python-2.4.4 I ran the configure script which appeared to
run properly. At least there were no error messages that I
saw. Then I attempted to run "make install" and ended up with an
error "make *** Error 1". It was right at the "libinstall" section
of the make, so I did some googling and came up with the following command:
[[email protected] Python-2.4.4]# make libinstall inclinstall

After thrashing for about 5 minutes, I got basically the same message:
Compiling /usr/local/lib/python2.4/zipfile.py ...
make: *** [libinstall] Error 1

I dunno if this is relevant, but I have Python 2.2.2 in the
/usr/Python-2.2.2 directory. Do I have to blow this away in order to
install the newer distro? Or do I need to install the new one in/usr
instead of /usr/local?

Although I'm a retired programmer (mainframes), I'm still learning
this linux stuff. I guess that makes me a noob...I hope you'll take
that into consideration.

Thanks,

Ray
 
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bruno.desthuilliers

I've been trying to install Mailman, which requires a newer version
of the Python language compiler (p-code generator?)

It's actually the whole thing : (byte-code) compiler, virtual machine,
and stdlib.
than the one I
currently have on my linux webserver/gateway box.

It's running a ClarkConnect 2.01 package based on Red Hat 7.2 linux.

I downloaded the zipped tarball (Python-2.4.4.tgz), ran gunzip, then
un-tarred it in /usr/local. Then (logged in as root) from
/usr/local/Python-2.4.4 I ran the configure script which appeared to
run properly. At least there were no error messages that I
saw. Then I attempted to run "make install" and ended up with an
error "make *** Error 1". It was right at the "libinstall" section
of the make, so I did some googling and came up with the following command:
[[email protected] Python-2.4.4]# make libinstall inclinstall

After thrashing for about 5 minutes, I got basically the same message:
Compiling /usr/local/lib/python2.4/zipfile.py ...
make: *** [libinstall] Error 1

Nothing else between these two lines ?
I dunno if this is relevant, but I have Python 2.2.2 in the
/usr/Python-2.2.2 directory. Do I have to blow this away in order to
install the newer distro?

I don't know your distrib, but it may depend on this specific python
version.
<wild-guess>
You may want to specify the --prefix before running configure, and use
make altinstall instead of make install.
Or do I need to install the new one in/usr
instead of /usr/local?

The old one is in /usr/local ? If so, it may not be part of your linux
distro.

FWIW, you should perhaps post the same question on your linux distro's
mailing list.
Although I'm a retired programmer (mainframes), I'm still learning
this linux stuff. I guess that makes me a noob...I hope you'll take
that into consideration.

We're all newbies one way or another !-)
 

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