Update to Python 2.3 on Red Hat Linux 9

Dave In Redmond DaveInRedmond at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 29 21:36:07 CEST 2003

Jay Bromley wrote:

> Hello,
> I've got a Red Hat Linux 9 system with Python 2.2.2 and I would like
> to update to Python 2.3. I got the 2.3 source and built and installed
> it. Python 2.3 itself works but it doesn't have access to a lot of
> packages that are available to Python 2.2.2. For example,
> pygtk-1.99.14 and Tkinter work fine with 2.2.2, but in 2.3 I can't do
> 'import gtk' or 'import _tkinter'. I checked the pygtk site and they
> say I've got to recompile pygtk for the new Python. I'm hoping there
> is a better answer. The problem is a lot of RedHat stuff depends on
> Python and the packages available to 2.2, but I need 2.3 and I don't
> want to junk the applications based on Python 2.2 and the current
> packages.
> So the questions is, can I build Python 2.3 so that it recognizes all
> the packages that are available to Python 2.2.2? Is this LD_RUN_PATH
> stuff? Or do I really need to find out all the libraries in use with
> 2.2.2 and compile these for 2.3?
> I'd appreciate any pointers or references to documentation. I *really*
> want 2.3.
> Thank you,
> Jay Bromley
> jaybromley at hotmail.com

Did you rebuild Python with enable-unicode=ucs4? If not, that is likely your
problem - it was mine ;<{)

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