Installing Python on CentOS 6 - a big pain
nagle at animats.com
Wed Jan 18 13:00:47 EST 2012
It turns out that installing Python 2.7.2 on CentOS 6.0 is a lot of
work. Here are the official CentOS install instructions:
Not only do you have to build Python from source, you have to install
a lot of stuff before you can even build it. Then you have to install
various Python packages from multiple sources. Python doesn't work
with "yum"; you have to do it the hard way.
I know how to do all this, but it takes hours. I'm bringing up
a bare dedicated server remotely, which is a routine operation.
Python does not "just work". I should be able to command
"yum install python27". (And not clobber the Python 2.6 that
comes with CentOS.)
This sort of thing is why Python is losing market share.
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