Linux and Python install problem

Martin Skøtt mskott at
Thu May 4 22:35:34 CEST 2000

Matthew Miller <matthewm at> writes:

> Hi everyone,
> I'm REALLY new to Linux and I'm stuck. I've downloaded python-1.5.2 and
> untarballed the distro. However, when I run the configure shell script
> using ./configure, bash reports "No such file or directory". I'm doing
> this from within the python directory (ie: not a path issue as far as I
> can tell) and have ensured execute permissions are set etc. Any ideas?
> Thanks...

Before you start installing to much, which distro are you running? I
guess that the majority of Linux distributions today all include
Python in some strange package format. Try and check your CD or
download server to see if somebody has done all the work for you.
On Red Hat all software packages are placed in the RedHat/RPMS/
directory. Try doing an ls | grep python in that directory and
install the pachages using rpm -ivh <packge-name.rpm> If you are
running Red Hat I guess most of Python has allready been installed
because many of the Red Hat setup tools are written in Python.

Martin Skøtt
mskott at

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