Regression test test_site failed on current trunk

Steve Holden steve at
Thu Feb 19 15:47:48 EST 2009

Andy wrote:
> Hi,
> I checked out the python trunk (curently 2.7a0), compiled it on my
> linux machine and run the regression test suit. Below is the output of
> the failed part:
> test_site
> [14871 refs]
> test test_site failed -- Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "/mybook/storage/python_lnx/Lib/test/", line 105,
> in test_s_option
>     self.assertEqual(rc, 1)
> AssertionError: 0 != 1
> Is this something serious.
I'd say any test failure without an obvious explanation is serious
enough to report as a bug. See

> I compiled python with:
> ./configure --prefix=/dev/null --with-pydebug
> make -s
> Further I've got problems with moving the cursor when I started python
> (2.7a0). There are only esc sequences displayed. My Local installation
> (2.5.2) works fine.

Do you mean you can't get previous lines in your Python command history
to show up? This sounds as though you may not have built the readline
support in to your experimental build. I can't remember exactly what the
deal is, but I know that readline is GPL licensed, so it may not come as
part of the standard distribution.

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