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Re: Obtaining/compiling/installing python3.7

On Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:42:04 -0500
Richard Owlett <rowlett@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I wish to try some beta software which assumes python3.7 is
> installed. I have Debian 9.8 installed on a machine dedicated to this
> exercise. I did a web search and got a half dozen on topic hits.
> There were enough differences that I wasn't sure if I was missing
> something important. The last time I compiled something was on a PDP
> 11/45 in approximately 1975.
You mentioned that you considered LFS. If you have the time, that's
a real baptism of fire as far as compiling things goes. There were
automatic systems being developed when I was interested, but as far as
I can see, there's no point to LFS if you're just going to push a
button. I did it twice, mainly to learn what I could, with better
understanding the second time, the first try was basically just
following instructions. Lots of them. My firewall pseudo-daemon (until
systemd) was nicked from the basic LFS init script.

As it happens, the first Linux magazine I bought contained an article on
compiling kernels, so I did. Not until later did I find that it is
thought to be difficult. I didn't understand many of the modules, but
with a kernel, when in doubt say 'yes'. I think that was around Red Hat
5 (*not* RHEL).