pysqlite install error on hp ux (ld: Can't find library for -lpython2.5)

Gerhard Häring gh at
Wed Nov 12 21:37:49 CET 2008

Geon. wrote:
> hi everyone!
> when i install pysqlite i meet bellow error. ( use easy_install and
> source code building same problem )
> ld: Can't find library for -lpython2.5
> what mean this message? and what i do?
> my system is hp-ux 11i v3. and python2.5 is installed.
> ld command also avaliable.

I don't know much about HPUX, but here are some ideas.

Is Python's shared library built at all? Or is Python, for whatever 
reason, built statically? The command to check on Linux is "ldd 
/path/to/python_binary". I don't know if it's ldd on HP UX too or if 
it's something different.

If Python is built as a shared library, is the shared library somewhere 
the system's dynamic linker will find it? If not, you either have to set 
some environment variable (LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Linux) or configure it 
(/etc/ on Linux).

-- Gerhard

PS: On some exotic systems where Java is already installed I found it 
easier to get Jython (the Python implementation for the Java Virtual 
Machine) to run than compiling Python.

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