Installing Python 2.4 under Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
by Eric Gazoni
As I’m currently merging 2.x and 3.x branches of openpyxl, I now need to perform tests over all existing Python releases known to man. I decided to install a new Ubuntu VM to perform the the tests, but I struggled during 2.4 installation.
Tried pythonbrew, which was a very disappointing experience as nothing worked as it was supposed to.
Then I tried to build from source myself, but here again the GCC version available on ubuntu 11.10 is apparently no longer able to compile original python sources.
Here is how I did it :
- download RPM version for Fedora here : http://www.python.org/download/releases/2.4/rpms/ (direct link)
- install alien (sudo apt-get install alien)
- type the following command
$ sudo alien -i python2.4-2.4-1pydotorg.i386.rpm
Now you can type
and everything should work !