This post relates to this question where I was asked to explain how I installed python3 on my system. I was attempting to install python3 on my system for development purposes. Something went wrong along the line, and now my system does not recognize either the default python install, or the python 3.4 install. Also apps like yum are also broken.

sudo apt-get install curl git-core gcc make zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev libreadline-dev libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev
sudo yum install scl-utils
sudo wget https://www.softwarecollections.org/en/scls/rhscl/python33/epel-7-x86_64/download/rhscl-python33-epel-7-x86_64.noarch.rpm
sudo yum install rhscl-python33-*.noarch.rpm

Also, the line I appended and later removed from my .bashrc file was

alias python='/opt/rh/python33/root/usr/bin/python3.3'

In retrospect I imagine that it should have been "python3.4" but either way, I assumed potentially incorrectly that simply commenting this line out would remove its effect.

Edit: Also if memory serves, the apt-get was irrelevant because I was trying to install it the wrong way, so I really should not have included it here.

Edit Added outputs from commands:

Just typing "python" returns:

-bash: python: command not found 

which python gives:

/usr/bin/which: no python in (/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/home/myusername/.local/bin:/home/myusername/bin) 

However there is a python install in both /usr/bin and /usr/sbin.

alternatives --list | grep -i python yields:

python  auto  /usr/bin/python3.4

-v python returns nothing.

type -a python gives:

-bash: type: python: not found

declare -p PATH outputs

declare -x PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/home/myusername/.local/‌​bin:/home/myusername/bin"

I do seem to have /usr/bin/python:

$ ls -l /usr/bin/python
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 24 Jun 25 15:39 /usr/bin/python -> /etc/alternatives/python 


$ ls -l $(readlink -f /usr/bin/python) gives:

ls: cannot access /usr/bin/python3.4: No such file or directory

I do not know if this is relevant, but /etc/alternatives/python was pink looking in the terminal.

ls -l /usr/local/bin/` prints `-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root   101 Sep  4  2014 2to3-3.4
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root   241 Sep  4  2014 easy_install-3.4
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root    99 Sep  4  2014 idle3.4
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root   213 Sep  4  2014 pip3.4
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root    84 Sep  4  2014 pydoc3.4
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 17544 Sep  4  2014 python3.4
-rwxr-xr-x 2 root root 17544 Sep  4  2014 python3.4m
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root  3066 Sep  4  2014 python3.4m-config
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root   236 Sep  4  2014 pyvenv-3.4




/opt/rh/python33/root/usr/bin/python3.3: error while loading shared libraries: libpython3.3m.so.1.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
  • Thanks for posting the new question. However, each question needs to stand alone. Please add the relevant details here: i) what symptoms you have; ii) the output of the various commands I asked for before. Also, note that you installed python3.3, not 3.4. What happens if you run /opt/rh/python33/root/usr/bin/python3.3? – terdon Jun 30 '15 at 18:55
  • @terdon edits made. Is the above what you meant? – Aerdowaith Jun 30 '15 at 19:05

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