Is it that easy to install Python ?

Irmen de Jong irmen.NOSPAM at
Thu Jul 25 18:36:48 CEST 2013

On 25-7-2013 17:11, 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?

Why didn't you use the Debian package instead? You now have installed an unsupported,
untested custom built Python version on your server. Why not simply

$ apt-get install python

and let the Debian package maintainers take care of properly testing and supporting
it... Also, installing additional python packages will be much less of a hassle because
there's hundreds of them readily available in Debian's package repositories and they can
be installed (including correct dependencies) in the same way.


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