re.compile missing in python 2.3.3/2.3.4???

Steve nospam at nopes
Tue Jul 13 08:43:06 CEST 2004


Michael Hudson wrote:
> Steve <nospam at nopes> writes:
>>I just installed a fresh copy of python 2.3.3 and python 2.3.4 and
>>everytime a there's a call to re.compile, it says:
>>Traceback (most recent call last):
>>   File "", line 76, in ?
>>     from distutils.core import setup
>>   File "/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/", line 16, in ?
>>     from distutils.util import grok_environment_error
>>   File "/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/", line 207, in ?
>>     _wordchars_re = re.compile(r'[^\\\'\"%s ]*' % string.whitespace)
>>AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'compile'
>>First, how do I make the file '' point to the directory:
>>/opt/python-2.3.4/lib/python2.3/distutils instead. It keeps using the
>>default, which is: /usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/. Second, is this
>>related to why re.compile won't work? Please help!!!
> Almost certainly.
> I'm a bit confused by what you're doing and what you've done <wink>.
> You built Python 2.3.4 from source with
>  ./configure --prefix=/opt/python-2.3.4
> and ran "make install".  This worked?
> You're now trying to install some third part package using
> "/opt/python-2.3.4/bin/python install" and *this* is failing
> in the manner above?  Something else?
> At any rate, it sounds like your installation is a bit messed up.
> Cheers,
> mwh

Thanks for taking the time out to answer my questiong. As a matter of 
fact, the problem turned out to be just the 'PYTHONPATH' variable 
pointing to an older installation (which resided in '/usr/bin'). 
Changing this to '/opt/python-2.3.4/lib/python-2.3' fixed the issue.

To your other question, yes installing the third party package by 
running "/opt/python-2.3.4/bin/python install" was failing 
because the Python interpreter kept looking for its libraries in 



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