[TriLUG] Python x 2 on 1 system?

Jeffery Painter jeff_painter at ncsu.edu
Wed Jun 20 08:12:12 EDT 2007

I have setup custom python installations in $HOME to do version specific
tasks, or use version specific modules. Compilation really isn't too
hairy, and the autoconf stuff should pick up necessary dependencies
provided you've installed gcc and related items. Let me know if you need
further advice

Jeffery Painter

Knowledge Engineer
Semantic Technologies Group
Statistical and Quantitative Sciences
GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development

(919) 321-0378

> Greetings,
> I need to be able to run python v2.4 or later, but the standard version
> for RHEL4.x appears to only go to 2.3.  Someone told me that there is (or
> used to be) a redhat RPM that would install a second version of python,
> without conflicting with the standard v2.3, but I am unable to locate it.
> I asked Redhat to confirm whether or not there is in fact a newer version
> of python that I can install without causing issues to the current version
> and its dependencies.  If so, where can I find it?  Their response was
> fairly typical (see below) so as to not void any SLAs.  However, python is
> a tricky beast so maybe it's true this time.  Can anyone confirm or deny
> the ability to run a second version of python?  I suspect I would have to
> download/compile/install from source.
> <Redhat response>
>  Thank you for contacting Red Hat support.
> It is not possible to install two different version of python package ,2.3
> and 2.4, on the same system, the python package is not relocatable.
> The latest python version is available with RHEL4 is 2.3, the 2.4 is
> available with RHEL5 and fedora. Please note that as per SLA installing
> these packages on a RHEL4 box is not supportable. Please refer the
> following URL for more details.
> http://www.redhat.com/support/policy/soc/production/
> You can find the RHEL5 version of the specified rpm on the following
> location.
> https://rhn.redhat.com/network/software/packages/details.pxt?pid=387877
> Please let me know if you have any questions.
> </Redhat response>
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