[Distutils] Trouble installing on a VPS (a shared web hosting setup)

tracy s. ruggles trace@reinventnow.com
Thu Jun 28 19:05:00 2001


I've been troubling myself with trying to install MySQLdb on my VPS (a
shared web hosting setup).

I have my own copy of Python running out of my /usr/local directory.

I have had to edit Lib/distutils/sysconfig.py to have it return the
appropriate include and library directories.  It assumes a certain structure
of directories from the root directory.  But, my root directory is actually

Anyway, here's what I get when I try to run the MySQLdb setup.py script:


    ol0401.vwh.net% python setup.py build
    running build
    running build_py
    not copying CompatMysqldb.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying _mysql_exceptions.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/__init__.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/converters.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/connections.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/cursors.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/sets.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/times.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/constants/__init__.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/constants/CR.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/constants/FIELD_TYPE.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/constants/ER.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/constants/FLAG.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/constants/REFRESH.py (output up-to-date)
    not copying MySQLdb/constants/CLIENT.py (output up-to-date)
    running build_ext
    building '_mysql' extension
    skipping _mysql.c (build/temp.solaris-2.6-sun4u-2.1/_mysql.o up-to-date)
    gcc -shared build/temp.solaris-2.6-sun4u-2.1/_mysql.o
-R/usr/home/ol0401/usr/local/mysql-3.23.38/lib/mysql -lmysqlclient -lz -o
    /usr/local/sparc-sun-solaris2.6/bin/ld: cannot open -lz: No such file or
    collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
    error: command 'gcc' failed with exit status 1


As you can see, it successfully builds many of the files, but chokes when it
starts to build the _mysql extension.

I've verified that all of the files listed in that last "gcc" command
actually exist, except for the _mysql.so file.

I'm totally unfamiliar with gcc and building in general.  Does anyone know
what's going on here?

And, also, is there a way to get the distutils package to work when it's
being run in an environment where the user is in a shared web hosting


Tracy S. Ruggles :: trace@reinventnow.com :: 512/858.2280

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