Compiling Python2.2a1 & losing command-line features

Adewale Oshineye aoshineye at
Tue Aug 7 14:40:40 CEST 2001

Would anyone know where to get hold of a version of python2.1 for
Cygwin with readline support built-in? Or even some information on how
to go about building python under cygwin?

Thomas Wouters <thomas at> wrote in message news:<mailman.997176011.31867.python-list at>...
> On Mon, Aug 06, 2001 at 11:43:25PM -0400, Paul Johnston wrote:
> > I have used binary and source-compiled versions of Python.  In every case 
> > where I use the latter my Python environment loses all its normal niceties 
> > like backspace, line-repeat, etc.  Is there a setting or configuration item 
> > I need to set to get these back?
> You're missing readline. It's auto-detected, and has been since Python 2.1,
> but apparently it's not autodetecting readline in your case. Perhaps you
> didn't install the readline header files ? (Common problem on Linux systems
> with a 'packaged' libreadline, where you need to install 'readline-dev' or
> 'readline-devel' to get the headers.)

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