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Hi,

My RedHat Linux installation already has Python 2.3 on it.
What is the easiest way to upgrade it to 2.4?

I use ActiveState python in Windows. Is it the best distribution for
Linux as well?

Thank you,
Max

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  • Fredrik Lundh at Jul 13, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    gmax2006 wrote:

    My RedHat Linux installation already has Python 2.3 on it.
    What is the easiest way to upgrade it to 2.4?
    grab the source tarball from python.org, built it according to
    instructions (./configure; make), and install using:

    # make altinstall

    DO NOT do a full install; you'll most likely break RedHat stuff if you
    do that.

    to access the resulting binary, use "python2.4" instead of "python".

    </F>
  • Gmax2006 at Jul 13, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    Fredrik Lundh wrote:
    DO NOT do a full install; you'll most likely break RedHat stuff if you
    do that.
    I was expecting an rpm to do the update. This is a sensitive production
    box. I think I should just continue with Python 2.3.

    Regards,
  • Stefan Behnel at Jul 13, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    gmax2006 wrote:
    My RedHat Linux installation already has Python 2.3 on it.
    What is the easiest way to upgrade it to 2.4?
    The source tar-ball contains an file Misc/RPM/python-XXX.spec that you can use
    to build an RPM ("rpmbuild -bs" or "rpm -bs"). The resulting package will
    normally be called "python2.4", so if your current installation uses plain
    "python" (rpm -q python), you can install it without any problems with
    backwards compatibility.

    Stefan

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