[Image-SIG] Newb help... can't install the PIL extension libraries

Christopher Barker Chris.Barker at noaa.gov
Thu Jan 25 20:41:38 CET 2007

Paul wrote:
> I’m very new to linux (2 days!) but have been using Python on windows 
> for a few weeks now. I would like to install PIL on my linux (ubuntu) 
> machine but am having all sorts of trouble following the readme, I get a 
> ton of errors when trying to run the build.py. Mostly cannot find 
> directory errors, but there are others thrown in for good measure.

post a few here -- particularly the first few you get.

> I unzipped the tar file into my user space…
> /home/paul/Python/ExtensionLibraries

> which I created myself. This is where I’m going wrong I presume. The 
> readme said that I could create my own directory, so I’m confused.

> Should I unzip it & build it somewhere else?

no, that's not it, you can built it anywhere.

I'm guessing that you're missing some libraries -- you need the ones 
that PIL needs (libjpeg, freetype2, zlib). These are probably already on 
your system, but you may not have the "devel" versions, which you need 
as PIL is building against them. Sorry I'm not familiar with Ubuntu, but 
look for things like:



oh, and are you sure there is not an existing Ubuntu package for PIL?


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