install Python-2.4.4 from source (parallel to existing Python-2.6)

Simon simon212 at
Sat Jun 13 05:12:02 EDT 2009

Christian Heimes wrote:
> Simon schrieb:
>> Christian Heimes wrote:
>>> Simon wrote:
>>>> I installed Python-2.4.4.tar.bz2 from, using gcc-4.3 (within
>>>> openSUSE 11.1 x86_64) via 'make altinstall'.
>>>> First, I tried to configure with the following flags:
>>>> --prefix=/opt/python-24 --enable-framework --with-pydebug
>>>> This provoked an error during compilation via make (sorry, the list was
>>>> so long, but I will post it, if it helps).
>>> --enable-framework is for Mac OS X only.
>>>> Second, configured again without any flags. The installation by 'make
>>>> altinstall' to /usr/local was a success. Python2.6 seams unaffected,
>>>> too. So, I got my parallel installation.
>>> You have chosen the correct and canonical way to install a parallel
>>> installation of Python.
>>>> However, I cannot import modules like Tkinter or readline within
>>>> python2.4.
>>> You must install the development library of tk, readline, zlib and
>>> libbz2 prior to configure && make.
>>> Try this on your box:
>>> zypper install gcc make autoconf automake libtool zlib-devel
>>> readline-devel tk-devel tcl-devel sqlite2-devel libbz2-devel
>>> libopenssl-devel
>> Unfortunately, I got the following errors, while compiling via make.
>> Please, see attached text file for details about everything I did from
>> installing the missing packages via zypper until make.
> zypper should have installed all necessary dependencies, including a
> whole bunch of X11 headers. Something seems to be wrong on your system
> or SuSE's package dependencies.
> I know why I dislike SuSE. :) Although I started my Linux career 12
> years ago with SuSE I prefer Debian based systems since Woody came out
> in 2002. :)
>> X11 says:
>> Program 'X11' is present in package 'xorg-x11', which is installed on
>> your system.
> zypper search X11 | grep devel
> ...
> zypper install xorg-x11-devel
> That should (hopefully) do the trick. On a Debian based systems it's
> much easier to install all Python dependencies with "apt-get build-dep
> python2.5"
> To quote SuSE: "Have a lot of fun ..."
> Und viel Glück!
> Christian

Danke :)

On Monday, I will be able to tell if it worked out, or if I have to try 
a new strategy, e.g. to convince the admin about (K)ubuntu.

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