How easy is it to install python as non-root user?

tinnews at tinnews at
Thu Apr 3 16:42:25 CEST 2008

Bruno Desthuilliers <bruno.42.desthuilliers at websiteburo.invalid> wrote:
> tinnews at a écrit :
> > Does python install fairly easily for a non-root user?
> > 
> > I have an ssh login account onto a Linux system that currently
> > provides Python 2.4.3 and I'd really like to use some of the
> > improvements in Python 2.5.x.
> > 
> > So, if I download the Python-2.5.2.tgz file is it just the standard:-
> > 
> >     ./configure --prefix=$HOME
> >     make
> >     make install
> > 
> IIRC there's something like make altinstall - but you'd better read the 
> doc (INSTALL.txt anyone ?)
Well it seems to work perfectly!  :-)

I just did the usual sequence as noted above and I seem to have a
working Python 2.5.2 of my very own.

I didn't need 'make altinstall' because I don't need to be able to see
the existing Python 2.4.3.

It takes a few Mb of disk space but since my free quote is 3Gb or
something that doesn't really worry me.

I'm impressed, well done Python developers.

Chris Green

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