Install different versions of Python locally (Linux Sabayon)

Installing different verions of Python locally is very usefull wen using Virtualenv, so we can swap from one version to another just typing one command. We’ll need the compiler so first we need to check if it’s actually installed:

 gcc -v

If it’s not installed you can get it as follows:

sudo equo install sys-devel/gcc-4.7.3

Get the version of python you want to install from In this example I’m downloading “Python 2.7.5”. Once it’s downloaded we have to uncompress the file, for example in “/home/$USER/Downloads/Python-2.7.5“.
Now we need to go to the terminal and create a folder to install our local versions of python.

mkdir $HOME/usr 

Now go to the Python folder we just downloaded

cd $HOME/Downloads/Python-2.7.5

We need to set the installation prefix so the files will be compiled in the folder we have created previously

./configure --prefix=$HOME/usr

Finally we just have to run the following commands

make install

Now we can remove the folder /home/yourUser/Downloads/Python-2.7.5 cause python as been succesfully installed in “/home/yourUser/usr“.

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