Which Linux distribution

David Lloyd-Jones dlloyd1104 at rogers.com
Mon Oct 7 17:09:32 CEST 2002

Mark McEahern wrote:
> [Erik Max Francis]
>>make altinstall doesn't overwrite the main `python' binary.  The
>>--prefix configure option puts the installation under an entirely
>>different hierarchy.
> Yes, that's why I suggested it.  Didn't the OP want to know how to install
> Python 2.x on Red Hat without clobbering Python 1.5.2 as the main 'python'
> binary?  Or perhaps the OP was already fed up with Red Hat?


I've just spent a couple of evenings wrestling with exactly that 
problem, continually buffaloed by odd dependencies and inabilities to 
find libraries.

The answer Greg Ewing gave in exactly what I eventually came up with.

I've put Python 2.2, at /usr/lib/python2.2 ahead of python 1.5 at 
/ust/bin in my path, and then call it with python2.2, and it seems to be 
working OK so far.


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