Can't find Python Library packages in Ubuntu (Debian)

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Thu Nov 20 14:52:22 CET 2008

Jerzy Jalocha N wrote:

> I'm new in this list (and to Python), so I'd like to start saying
> hello to everyone first. I am really enjoying this new language!
> I am trying to use the standard tests (like or
> from the standard library (Python2.5), but they aren't
> available on a standard Ubuntu Hardy or Ibex installation. Searching
> in the official download, I found a rich test structure under
> 'Lib/test/', but in my installation, this directory doesn't contain
> much. The dpkg-file script didn't find any packages for these specific
> files either. I looked manually in any 'python-' package that seemed
> reasonable, with no success, and Google didn't help this time.
> So, the first question is: How do I install the complete Python test
> framework under Ubuntu (Debian)?
> Since I spend long times in a remote area without network connection,
> I usually try to set-up everything I need (and might eventually need)
> on my computer in advance, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.
> Thus, I would really try to make sure, I have a complete Python
> installed on my notebook. But I couldn't find out for sure what parts
> are missing in a standard Ubuntu installation, and what needs to be
> added manually.
> So, my second question: What (meta?-)package(s) do I have to install
> under Ubuntu (Debian) in order to get a full (as in the official
> release) Python installation?

The one thing you will definitely need is the python-dev-package. It will
contain things such as headers and distutils that are needed to build and
install 3rd-party-packages. 

I don't have the slightest idea where the tests are - but you can of course
always install the source package :)


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