tkinter problem

Paul Simon psimon at
Thu Jul 9 02:16:15 CEST 2009

"Chris Rebert" <clp2 at> wrote in message 
news:mailman.2863.1247095339.8015.python-list at
On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 4:18 PM, Paul Simon<psimon at> wrote:
> I have the "tkinter" problem and need some assistance to straighten it 
> out.
> >From the web page "" I tested as in 
> >"step
> 1" and cannot import "_tkinter." I do not have that file on my computer, 
> but
> do have in /usr/local/lib/python2.6/lib-tk. as well as the
> directories /usr/lib/tk8.5 and /usr/lib/tcl8.5.
> This python stuff is great, but the documentation frequently
> feels like it is just a bit out of my grasp. I realize that all of this is
> free but I understand the instructions on the web page to repair only to 
> the
> point of confusion. I'm not an expert. How do I modify my python
> configuration? Is there a file that needs to be edited? Which 
> file
> do I use? Make? or python build and python install?
> Thanks. I appreciate your help.

- How did you install Python?
- What Linux distro are you using?

I"m using Mandriva 2008.1.  I have to tell you honestly that I'm not sure
exactly how I installed Python.  Originally I had installed 2.5 from RPM but
2.6 was not available for my distro (2008.1) in RPM.  I downloaded something
from and installed.  Not sure if it was tarball or zip file.


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