Install python 2.7 or 3 under Debian 6
Published: 15-01-2013 | Author: Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
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Debian 6 by default ships with python 2.6.6. If for some reason need a newer version of python you can either mess with repo's, compile from source or use pythonbrew. This tutorial will show you how to install python 2.7 or 3 under debian 6 using pythonbrew.
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What is pythonbrew
We first need to install pip, which we will use to install pythonbrew:
sudo apt-get install python-pip
We now use pip to install pythonbrew
sudo pip install pythonbrew
Now we finish the install of pythonbrew as it instructs us:
Then we make sure the pythonbrew files are loaded in our shell:
Install python 2.7
We can now instruct pythonbrew to install and compile python 2.7 for us:
pythonbrew install 2.7.3
This takes a while, it will go and compile python for you. When it it finished, we can tell our shell to use the freshly installed python:
pythonbrew use 2.7.3
Install python 3
To install python 3, we execute the following command. Note that this may take a while, because it compiles python:
pythonbrew install 3.2
To use this python, execute the following command:
pythonbrew use 3.2
List all installed pythons:
List the available installation pythons:
pythonbrew list -k
Uninstall a python version (2.7.3 for this example):
pythonbrew uninstall 2.7.3
Clean up stale source folders and archives:
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