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When trying to install python 3.7 on Ubuntu 18.04

I get error messages like:

zipimport.ZipImportError: can't decompress data; zlib not available

or

ModuleNotFoundError: No module named '_ctypes'

or

~/.pyenv/plugins/python-build/bin/python-build: line 775: make: command not found

or

configure: error: no acceptable C compiler found in $PATH

  • How did you try to install Python? Compiling from upstream sources? – sebasth Apr 24 '19 at 18:19
  • I was using pyenv – lapolonio Apr 27 '19 at 2:58
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From https://bugs.python.org/issue31652#msg321260

sudo apt-get install build-essential libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 bzip2 libbz2-dev zlib1g-dev libssl-dev openssl libgdbm-dev libgdbm-compat-dev liblzma-dev libreadline-dev libncursesw5-dev libffi-dev uuid-dev
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Read the wiki at the pyenv project's repo on GitHub. Common build problems from pyenv wiki

Make sure to follow this guidance for your platform before any troubleshooting.

Ubuntu/Debian:

sudo apt-get install -y make build-essential libssl-dev zlib1g-dev libbz2-dev \
libreadline-dev libsqlite3-dev wget curl llvm libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev \
xz-utils tk-dev libffi-dev liblzma-dev python-openssl git

Alternative of libreadline-dev:

sudo apt install libedit-dev

Build dependencies on other distros are included in the wiki as well.

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