pyhon 2.5.1 build fails

Robin Becker robin at
Mon Jun 4 14:22:48 CEST 2007

Robin Becker wrote:
> I am getting an error while building python-2.5.1 on a freebsd 6.1 machine as a 
> normal user
> ./configure --prefix=/home/me/mypython --enable-unicode=ucs2
> seems to work fine, but make install fails whilst running
> Compiling
> /home/my/mypython/lib/python2.5/test/ ...
> Compiling /home/me/mypython/lib/python2.5/test/ ...
> Sorry: UnicodeError: ("\\N escapes not supported (can't load unicodedata module)",)
> Compiling /home/me/mypython/lib/python2.5/test/ ...
> I see there was a bug reported about this
> but I didn't really understand what the resolution was. I do not have any 
> special PYTHONHOME or PYTHONPATH set. The install partially works and I have a 
> running python without the unicodedata module. Looking in Modules I don't see 
> any unicodedata.o so I guess it's not being built for some reason.
well regardless of the resolution of the so called bug, my fis is to edit 
Modules/Setup.dist and uncomment line 180 beginning #unicodedata then the test 
don't fail halfway through and things get built properly.

Strangely I thought that all this was supposed to be handled automatically now.
Robin Becker

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