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My SLES11 box came with Python 2.6 installed. I would like to upgrade to 2.7. What is the easiest way to do this?

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Most likely, you're not going to want to replace the existing python, since that would probably break the existing OS software.

You could either build a package for python 2.7, and have it install as /usr/bin/python2.7, or install in another location like /usr/local/bin/python. Or, you could just compile manually and install in /usr/local. If you're installing to an alternate location, use make altinstall.

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I recommend a location like /opt/python-2.7 or /usr/local/stow/python-2.7. Don't put manually-installed programs in /usr (outside /usr/local), it will make the package management a lot less useful for no good reason. I recommend a separate location, not directly /usr/local/bin/python, so you can decide to switch to your python by adding e.g. /opt/python-2.7/bin to the front of your PATH. –  Gilles Feb 18 '11 at 19:49
    
@Gilles: I agree. I'd only put files in /usr/bin if I were packaging them, and some people prefer to package things into /usr/local/bin (although it's not something I'd suggest). –  jsbillings Feb 18 '11 at 22:27
    
where can i a get the binary package? –  zr01 Feb 19 '11 at 6:18
    
zr01: The instructions I gave was for building it from source. I'm not aware of any third party repos that provide python 2.7 packages that are safe for OpenSUSE 11. –  jsbillings Feb 19 '11 at 14:48

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