Upgrading Python to version 2.6 on Ubuntu Intrepid 8.10

Submitted by Jochus on Thu, 25/10/2012 - 21:37 | Posted in: Linux

I have an old Ubuntu 8.10 server running at home. Today, I wanted to create a script which needs Python. The latest version of Python in the Intrepid Ubuntu repository is 2.5, but I needed 2.6. Luckily, it's very easy to install 2.6 from source and run it next to the 2.6 version!

  • Download the Python 2.6 sources from http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.6.8/
  • Unzip and execute the following commands
    $ sudo ./configure --prefix=/usr/lib/python/2.6
    $ sudo make
    $ sudo make install
  • You are now able to use Python 2.6 from: /usr/lib/python/2.6/bin/python

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