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Installing python buildout with readline

by Jörg Baach last modified Feb 25, 2017 05:33 PM
Compiling python using buildout.python doesn't work with readline. Fixed.

I use https://github.com/collective/buildout.python to have all python versions available on my developer machine. The normal buildout however produces python versions where the "import readline" fails.

Turns out there is a bug that python doesn't play nicely with readline 6.3, which is the version included in the buildout. This can easily be fixed in src/readline.cfg Just change the line containing the url for the readline source from

url = https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/readline/readline-6.3.tar.gz

to

url = https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/readline/readline-6.2.tar.gz

Thats it. Oh, and don't forget that you need to have some libraries installed

sudo apt-get install libreadline-dev libbz2-dev libssl-dev libncurses5-dev

And: instead of the official github repository you can use my for at:

https://github.com/jhb/buildout.python

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