5.30. Python-3.7.2

The Python 3 package contains the Python development environment. It is useful for object-oriented programming, writing scripts, prototyping large programs or developing entire applications.

Approximate build time: 1.5 SBU
Required disk space: 371 MB

5.30.1. Installation of Python

This package first builds the Python interpreter, then some standard Python modules. The main script for building modules is written in Python, and uses hard-coded paths to the host /usr/include and /usr/lib directories. To prevent them from being used, issue:

sed -i '/def add_multiarch_paths/a \        return' setup.py

Prepare Python for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/tools --without-ensurepip

The meaning of the configure option:


This switch disables the Python installer, which is not needed at this stage.

Compile the package:


Compilation is now complete. The test suite requires TK and and X Windows and cannot be run at this time.

Install the package:

make install

Details on this package are located in Section 6.51.2, “Contents of Python 3.”