alternate module installation

Tom Anderson twic at
Fri Mar 5 16:21:57 CET 2004

right, i'm trying to install Mark Pilgrim's feedparser package, and one
thing it mentions is that it likes to have libxml2 and mxTidy around. i've
downloaded these, and done configure/make on the C bits, but i'd now like
to make them available to python.

i've read the very helpful Installing Python Modules manual, and
determined that (a) libxml2 and mxtidy have distutils-approved
scripts (although feedparser doesn't, but i don't mind that) and (b) since
i'm on a unix (debian linux) machine on which i'm a lowly luser, i
probably need to do an Alternate Installation (The Home Scheme), just
sticking things in my home directory.

however, when i say:

python install --home=~

it says:

failed to find headers for libxml2: update includes_dir

can anyone explain what's going wrong, and what i might do to make it go
right? there's probably something really obvious i should do, or read, but
i'm completely at sea with all this.


Force the weird stuff down!

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