Installing multiple python versions - CentOs Linux

Michele Simionato michele.simionato at
Fri Oct 17 14:57:24 CEST 2008

On Oct 17, 2:51 pm, "Diez B. Roggisch" <de... at> wrote:
> Brendan schrieb:
> > The current CentOs Linux distro includes python 2.4.3. I need to
> > install a more recent version but I am worried about breaking CentOs
> > python dependencies. Is it safe to install python 2.6 using pup?
> It should be, yes. Usually, Distros make sure it doesn't break anything
> - and python can have several installations living happily along each
> other.
> The only caveat I see is that you might accidentially replace
> /usr/bin/python with the newer version. Make sure you keep that to the
> one the system wants, and simply use python2.6 as executable-name.
> Diez

If you install from sources, the safest path is to run

$ sudo make altinstall (will add the version number to the executable)

and NOT

$ sudo make install

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