[Numpy-discussion] Installing on CentOS 5 claims invalid Python installation

Bruce Southey bsouthey at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 14:58:25 EST 2010

On 12/23/2010 07:13 AM, Roger Martin wrote:
> Hi,
> NumPy looks like the way to get computation done in Python.  Now I'm 
> going through the learning curve of installing the module into 
> different linux OS's and Python versions.  An extra need is to install 
> google code's h5py http://code.google.com/p/h5py/ which depends on numpy.
> In trying a number of Python versions the 2.x's are yielding the 
> message " invalid Python installation"
> ---------------
>     raise DistutilsPlatformError(my_msg)
> distutils.errors.DistutilsPlatformError: invalid Python installation: 
> unable to open 
> /home/roger/Python-2.6.6/dist/lib/python2.6/config/Makefile (No such 
> file or directory)
> ---------------
> From reading on the web it appears a Python-2.x.x-devel version is 
> needed.  Yet no search combination comes back with where to get such a 
> thing(note: I need user installs/builds for security reasons).  Where 
> are Python versions  compatible with numpy?
> Building
> 	Python-2.6.6
> 	Python-2.7.1(fails to build)
> 	Python3.2beta2
> numpy1.5.1
> 	invalid Python installation 	NA
> 	success
> h5py1.3.1
> 	needs numpy
> 	NA
> 	fails
> To start I need just one successful combination but will need more 
> cases depending on users of a new integration project.
> Interestingly your numpy 1.5.1's setup is in good shape to build with 
> Python3.2 yet I need to allow older versions for people's systems not 
> ready to upgrade that far.
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I thought that Centos 5 ships Python 2.4 so how did you get Python 2.6, 
2.7 and 3.2?
If these are from some repository then the developmental libraries 
should also be there - if these are not there then either find another 
repository or build Python yourself.


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