multiple python versions in f12?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at
Thu Nov 5 06:19:59 UTC 2009

On Thu, 5 Nov 2009, Rahul Sundaram wrote:

> On 11/05/2009 11:21 AM, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> >
> >   what is the situation with python 2.6 vs 3.1 in f12?  IIRC, f12
> > will still use python 2.6 internally, but if someone wanted to
> > start programming in python, is it reasonable to simultaneously
> > install python 3.1 and let them use that for their programming,
> > while leaving the OS to continue using 2.6?  i can't see that
> > causing any problems as long as the programmers explicitly refer
> > to the python 3.1 program for their coding, but i just want to be
> > sure.
> >
> >   besides, if someone was looking to learn to program in python, it
> > would seem to make sense to just start with 3.1, no?
> There is a lot of work being done for Fedora 13

  but just *unofficially*, is there any issue with installing Python 3
in F12 (or even F11, as i'm trying to do now)?  as it is, i've
downloaded the Python-3.1.1 tarball, unloaded it and -- following
along in the README -- just did:

  $ ./configure
  $ make
  $ make test

after which the README claims that running "make install" will install
this as "python3", which would *seem* to allow it to co-exist
peacefully on this system, and programmers could explicitly invoke
"python3" if they wished.

  is there any flaw in my reasoning?


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