This quick guide allowed me to install Python 3.1.3 on an Ubuntu 10.10 stack. Not sure about the libraries that come with it, so I may need to do a follow up to compile in some extra goodies. Worth noting is that 10.10 comes with Python 2.6 I think, but I wanted to get a fresh one in and integrate it with Apache2 properly.
The following are the steps I performed to get the Python 3.1.3 binary installed:
cd wget http://python.org/ftp/python/3.1.3/Python-3.1.3.tgz tar -xvzf Python-3.1.3.tgz rm Python-3.1.3.tgz cd Python-3.1.3/ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local/python3.1.3 make make test sudo make install sudo ln -s /usr/local/python3.1.3/bin/python3.1 /usr/bin/python3.1.3 cd rm -rf Python-3.1.3/
Okay good. Python's up and running. Test it by running python3.1.3 in the terminal, executing whatever you want.
Now, setup apache to compile python files:
sudo apt-get install -y libapache2-mod-python
You'll now need to open your apache config file (default, or site/domain specific) and add the following to the vhost declarations:
AddHandler mod_python .py PythonHandler mod_python.publisher PythonDebug On
This enables *.py files to be executed. Alternatively, there is an option to develop using *.psp files, which allows you to write python inline in the following format:
<h1><% req.write("Hello!") %></h1>
Note that only *.py files or *.psp files can be activated by Apache at once (well, I tried having them both, and it didn't work). Throw in the following apache directives for the psp files:
AddHandler mod_python .psp PythonHandler mod_python.psp PythonDebug On
There ya have it. Beginning to end took me maybe 2 hours, which is pretty descent. 10.10 comes with python already installed, so maybe all of this wasn't necessary, but at least I have it up and running within Apache now, ready to start serving page :)