compile python 3.3 with bz2 support

Miki Tebeka miki.tebeka at
Sat Dec 22 16:28:23 CET 2012

On Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:27:54 PM UTC-8, Isml wrote:
>     I want to compile python 3.3 with bz2 support on RedHat 5.5 but fail to do that. Here is how I do it:
>     1. download bzip2 and compile it(make、make -f Makefile_libbz2_so、make install)
Why can't you use yum? (yum install libbz2-dev)

>     [root at localhost Python-3.3.0]# python3 -c "import bz2"
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
>   File "/usr/local/lib/python3.3/", line 21, in <module>
>     from _bz2 import BZ2Compressor, BZ2Decompressor
> ImportError: No module named '_bz2'
IMO it's a linker problem. If libbz2.zo is in /usr/local/lib then try
LB_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib python3 -c 'import bz2'

If this work, you can add /usr/local/lib to the linker by doing:
echo /usr/local/lib >> /etc/

Having said that, if the yum way work - do it.

> By the way, RedHat 5.5 has a built-in python 2.4.3. Would it be a problem?
I don't think so. I have multiple version of Python on RedHat systems.

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