Is it that easy to install Python ?

Matthew Lefavor mclefavor at
Thu Jul 25 18:15:47 CEST 2013

On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM, <santiago.diez at> wrote:

> Hi there,
> I never write any Python program but as a system administrator, I'm often
> asked to install python on Debian servers.
> I just finished downloading, configuring, making and installing.
> The binary is now installed in :
> /usr/local/Python-2.7.5/bin/python2.7
> (the path is a deliberate administrator choice).
> Is that it?
> What else will my users need?
They may need permission to install third-party modules themselves. That
would probably require write permissions to /usr/local/Python-2.7.5/lib. If
you are unwilling to grant those permissions, you can suggest that they
learn how to work with "virtualenvs" (,
which would allow them to install third-party modules locally.

And, of course, they need to be saavy enough to put the new python
installation on the PATH.
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