homebrew 2.3 install on RedHat9 not playing nice with Tkinter

Martin Franklin mfranklin1 at gatwick.westerngeco.slb.com
Thu Aug 28 09:42:51 CEST 2003

On Wednesday 27 August 2003 9:12 pm, Rob Andrews wrote:
> I'm on a Red Hat 9 system, which has Python 2.2.2 installed, and I
> installed 2.3 separately into /home/rob/Python-2.3/ (creating the symbolic
> link "py23" to point to my 2.3 installation). Now I'm trying to work out
> the kinks in the process.
> Unable to run Idle using 2.3 the way I've got things set up, I created a
> super simple Tkinter test program that just pops up a Label widget. I
> pasted below an example of how the RH-provided 2.2 runs the script without
> incident, but running the script with 2.3 produces a traceback. If someone
> can help me see the error of my ways, I'll be most appreciative.
> [Wed Aug 27][03:01 PM] ~/Python-2.3/test $ python -V
> Python 2.2.2
> [Wed Aug 27][03:04 PM] ~/Python-2.3/test $ py23 -V
> Python 2.3
> [Wed Aug 27][03:01 PM] ~/Python-2.3/test $ py23 test2.py
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "test2.py", line 1, in ?
>     from Tkinter import Label
>   File "/home/rob/Python-2.3/Lib/lib-tk/Tkinter.py", line 38, in ?
>     import _tkinter # If this fails your Python may not be configured for
> Tk ImportError: No module named _tkinter
> [Wed Aug 27][03:01 PM] ~/Python-2.3/test $ python test2.py
> -Rob
> (mediocre with Python, incompetent with linux)


I just finished building python 2.3 on my redhat 9 laptop...  the first time I 
did the make it failed (near the end) because it couldn't find the Tk/Tcl 

 On my system they are in /usr/local/lib (because I built them myself) 
on your's I guess they would be in /usr/lib.  So to fix the build I set 
LD_RUN_PATH to /usr/local/lib and them ran make again.


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