[Tutor] Upgrading from Python 2.5 to Python 2.6 - IDLE not working...

Dan hooya27 at gmail.com
Sun Nov 9 00:34:54 CET 2008

Hi All,

This is my first post, so I apologize in advance for any etiquette

I am interested in learning Python, and to that end, I undertook to upgrade
my current version of Python 2.5 (available via openSUSE repositories and
YaST) to Python 2.6.  I have Python 2.6 running (compiled from source [I'm
not a total bonehead]) but idle gives me the following when I invoke it in

dan at linux-ypm1:~> idle
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/bin/idle", line 3, in <module>
  from idlelib.PyShell import main
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/idlelib/PyShell.py", line 14, in <module>
  import macosxSupport
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/idlelib/macosxSupport.py", line 6, in
  import Tkinter
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.6/lib-tk/Tkinter.py", line 39, in <module>
  import _tkinter # If this fails your Python may not be configured for Tk
ImportError: No module named _tkinter
dan at linux-ypm1:~>

I thought of unistalling and reinstalling (using YaST) the associated Python
packages to make them aware of the version change, but the Idle package says
it requires Python 2.5.2, nothing more or less, so I didn't attempt it.

Thanks in advance for your patience.


Science is what we have learned about how not to fool ourselves about the
way the world is.
- Richard Feynman
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