Resurrecting Python 2.4 on Ubuntu 12.10 • 25 Oct 2012

Should you ever need a Python 2.4 with MySQLdb running under Ubuntu 12.10 server, these are the hoops you have to jump through.


Start by installing a clean standard Ubuntu Server 12.10 i386, and execute these commands as root:

# Developer tools apt-get update apt-get install build-essential # Database apt-get install mysql-server # MySQL itself apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev # Headers for compilation # Compile the old Python mkdir prj cd prj wget http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.4.6/Python-2.4.6.tgz tar -zxf Python-2.4.6.tgz cd Python-2.4.6 nano Modules/Setup.dist # uncomment the line with 'zlib' ./configure make make altinstall # 'altinstall' to not overwrite the default Python # There are now 3 versions of Python on the system: python -V # The default python which came with Ubuntu. python2.4 -V # Our just installed 'old' Python. python3 -V # For the future ;-) # Setuptools for Python 2.4 cd ~/prj mkdir setuptools cd setuptools wget https://pypi.python.org/packages/2.4/s/setuptools/setuptools-0.6c11-py2.4.egg sh setuptools-0.6c11-py2.4.egg # MySQLdb connector for Python2.4 cd ~/prj wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/mysql-python/mysql-python/1.2.3/MySQL-python-1.2.3.tar.gz tar -zxf MySQL-python-1.2.3.tar.gz cd MySQL-python-1.2.3 python2.4 setup.py install # See if it works cd ~ python2.4 -c "import MySQLdb; print dir(MySQLdb)" # Does the database really work? python2.4 >>> import MySQLdb >>> con = MySQLdb.connect("localhost", "root", "secret") # The credentials you used during the MySQL installation >>> cur = con.cursor() >>> cur.execute("select 'Hooray!'") 1L >>> r = cur.fetchone() >>> r ('Hooray!',)

That's all there is to it.

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