Syntax Errors on make install

Skip Montanaro skip at
Sun Aug 5 18:36:38 CEST 2001

    midnight> I downloaded the version 2.1.1 tarball.  Configure, make and
    midnight> test seemed to run smoothly, but make install gave some syntax
    midnight> errors which scrolled off the screen before I could read them
    midnight> properly.  The interpreter works fine, as far as I can tell.
    midnight> Should I be concerned about those syntax errors?  My system is
    midnight> Debian woody, kernel 2.2.18, libc6 2.1.3-18, gcc 2.95.2-13.

No, they are test cases that are supposed to contain SyntaxErrors.  When
Python is installed, the Lib/test directory is also installed.

    midnight> Incidentally, something on my system unzipped the tarball
    midnight> without my knowledge, but left the filename unchanged
    midnight> (Python-2.1.1.tgz).  I downloaded the tarball in Mozilla
    midnight> (M18-3) using HTTP, so I suppose Mozilla is the obvious
    midnight> suspect.  Any ideas?

Mozilla.  Netscape has had this problem at one time or another as well.

Skip Montanaro (skip at

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