Thursday, July 2, 2009

Manual compilation and installation of Python 3.1 on Ubuntu Jaunty

I was taking a look at the feature list of the new Python 3.1 version and noticed the ttk GUI improvements that made me want to test it. Unfortunately I did not found it in the package archives, so I decided to compile it myself. The compiling process took a while as I had to iterate through a few a adoptions, so here is what makes it work properly:

1. You obviously need the source package form wget -c and extract it tar xvjf Python-3.1.tar.bz2 and enter the folder cd Python-3.1

2. You need to install a bunch of packages that are required for some modules, like the tk/ttk one: sudo aptitude install gcc tk8.5-dev libssl-dev libsqlite3-dev libzip-dev libreadline5-dev libbz2-dev libgdbm-dev

3. Now you have to set up the compilation: ./configure --with-computed-gotos . The option comes form the Python homepage news section and adds speed optimisations.

4. Compile the sources: make (this will take some time)

5. Test the compiled sources: make test (this will take even more time)

6. Finally you can install with make install (installation will go to /usr/local/bin) or just test it for instance with ./python Demo/tkinter/ttk/

That's it, enjoy!

Update: Found a Jaunty PPA for Python 3.1 amd64 arch (64bit):

1 comment:

  1. I used this: