Python 3.2 on CentOS 5.6 & compatibility concerns

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Thu Apr 21 13:21:19 EDT 2011

On 4/21/2011 8:02 AM, Rob McGillivray wrote:
> Hi All,
> Does anyone know if it is ‘safe’ to install Python 3.2 on CentOS? By
> ‘safe’ I mean not breaking the existing base Python 2.4.x installation
> upon which various CentOS/RHEL services (like yum) depend. Will the
> ‘make install’ install 3.2 in parallel with the existing 2.x
> installation, or break it? I’m new to Python and OSS, but the little
> I’ve read indicates that this could be a major risk.

I have read on this list that there is a 'make altinstall' for *nix to 
avoid problems with the 'base' install. (2.4, really? that is ancient!).

Terry Jan Reedy

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