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Re: errors during gnuecommon installation (python problem?)

From: Derek Neighbors
Subject: Re: errors during gnuecommon installation (python problem?)
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2002 09:14:06 -0700


> Im trying to install the gnue tools (starting with
> gnue-common). After DAYS of looking installation
> procedures (may be lack of documentation? where they
> are? may be there are something for newbies? =) I

There should be a README file that explains in the root
of the package.  Also, at 
there is a step by step for red hat 7.2 from cvs.

> discover some of the files I need (wxphyton for
> example) later, the mandrake 8.0 refuses to install
> the wxpython, so I discover I need python 2. After
> losing the battle I get redhat 7.2 and run the
> ./ install and obtain this:
> Setup requires that python's distutils be installed. 
> You can get a copy of it from ... (etc)

This is because we require python2. :)

> so I install python 2. AND GET THE SAME ERROR. Looking
> into I see /usr/bin/env python to start
> python, so I change to /usr/bin/python2. And get this:
> Traceback (most recent call last):  File "./",
> line 98, in ?    package_dir = {"gnue": 'gnue',
> "gnue.common" : "src"},  File
> "/var/tmp/python2-2.2-root/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/",
> line 138, in setup  File
> "/var/tmp/python2-2.2-root/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/",
> line 893, in run_commands  File
> "/var/tmp/python2-2.2-root/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/",
> line 912, in run_command  File
> "/usr/lib/python2.2/", line 112, in
> ensure_finalized      File
> "/var/tmp/python2-2.2-root/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/command/",
> line 268, in finalize_options  File
> "/var/tmp/python2-2.2-root/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/",
> line 408, in get_config_vars  File
> "/var/tmp/python2-2.2-root/usr/lib/python2.2/distutils/",
> line 313, in
> _init_posixdistutils.errors.DistutilsPlatformError:
> invalid Python installation: unable to open
> /usr/lib/python2.2/config/Makefile (No such file or
> directory)

You are going down correct path.  Its saying that it cant find something,
I would try doing python2.2 install and let me know what you get.

We actually I would downgrade to python 2.1 or 2.0 (should be on your RedHat
CD)  There is a nasty unicode bug in python 2.2 which makes it highly unusable.
With python2.x installed run the setups with python2.x this way it 
forces it to use that version of python.

I noticed you were in IRC sorry no one was there to help.  I think that will
be best way to resolve this is through IRC.

> After aaaaall of this I resign!
> so:
> Is there a distribution-oriented rpm/tar.gz?
> Is there an installation procedures/HOWTO?
> Where is the error? Is mine?. Is from RedHat?
> What I see of the system description is highly
> interesting so I want to try it! but HOW?
> Thanks in advance!

Just a matter of getting right dependencies installed.  


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