Python 2.4 and Tkinter

Jean Brouwers mrjean1ATcomcastDOTnet at
Thu Dec 2 06:16:03 CET 2004

Here is how we understand this (which may be incomplete and/or

The _tkinter module is a shared library _tkinter.o and that is built
from C source file _tkinter.c.  That C file and a few other tk related
C files are included in the Python distribution.

But the Tcl/Tk libraries to build the _tkinter module are coming from
/usr/local/lib in our case.  And those happens to be tcl83 and tk83 in
our case.

If the Tcl/Tk libraries (and include files) are missing, you will have
to get and install those.  But they are not part of the Python
distribution, as far as we know.

/Jean Brouwers

In article <mailman.6999.1101954197.5135.python-list at>,
Jeffrey Barish <jeffbarish at> wrote:

> Jean Brouwers wrote:
> > 
> > FWIW, we just installed Python 2.4 (on RH Linx 8), rebuilt it from
> > scratch and everything is fine.  Tkinter is there, _tkinter as well
> > and idle comes up as expected.
> > 
> > /Jean Brouwers
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > In article <mailman.6996.1101939598.5135.python-list at>,
> > Jeffrey Barish <jeffbarish at> wrote:
> > 
> >>
> Here's what I get when I import Tkinter at a python prompt:
> jeffbarish at duo:~$ python
> Python 2.4 (#1, Nov 30 2004, 08:58:13)
> [GCC 3.2.3 20030316 (Debian prerelease)] on linux2
> Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
> >>> import Tkinter
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
>   File "/usr/local/lib/python2.4/lib-tk/", line 38, in ?
>     import _tkinter # If this fails your Python may not be configured
> for Tk
> ImportError: No module named _tkinter
> I tried make clean and make.  Same result.  Ah, now I see that the
> output from make includes:
> INFO: Can't locate Tcl/Tk libs and/or headers
> Aren't the libs and headers included in Python-2.4.tgz?

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