Compiling Python3 for BeagleBone Black (Angstrom distro)

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Tue Nov 5 03:17:26 CET 2013

On 11/4/2013 7:23 PM, Travis Griggs wrote:
> On Nov 4, 2013, at 9:22 AM, Travis Griggs <travisgriggs at> wrote:
>> I'm playing with a BeagleBone Black running the angstrom distro. Of course, stock python is 2.7, I'd rather use python3. There isn't a python3 package available for angstrom. So I downloaded the source and compiled. It seemed to work pretty well. I used the basic approach outlined in the REAMDE:
>> ./configure
>> make
>> make test
>> make install
>> Now, I want to repeat the process, but be a little more judicious about what all is compiled. For example, I don't really need tk stuff (in fact, it just kept telling me it wasn't there). And there's probably a number of other modules/libraries in the kitchen sink known as the stock install, that I could forgo on a tiny little computer like this.
>> I see, looking at ./configure --help | less, that I could provide --disable-FEATURE and --without-PACKAGE directives to my ./configure invocation. But what I don't see is how to generate a list of what FEATURES/PACKAGES I could put there for consideration of omission. Is there some magic juju that generates that?
> Should I have asked this question on python-dev instead? Not currently subscribed there… but would if that would generate more informed responses.

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Terry Jan Reedy

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