Linux compatibility

Steven D'Aprano steve+comp.lang.python at
Tue Nov 20 02:33:11 CET 2012

On Mon, 19 Nov 2012 08:44:37 -0800, EDI Support wrote:

> Hi All,
> I would like know if Python  2.4.3 will be compatible with Linux RHEL
> 5.5 or 6.1?

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be, but why would you want to use 
Python 2.4 in production if you don't have to? RHEL will come with Python 
already installed, I believe it is Python 2.6.

It is *much* better to use Python 2.6 if you can: it is faster, has fewer 
bugs, and more modern features.

But if you must use Python 2.4, make sure that you do NOT replace the 
system Python already installed. If installing from source, use "make 
altinstall" instead of "make install" to ensure that it doesn't overwrite 
the system Python.


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