7.11. Python-3.9.2

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: 0.9 SBU
Required disk space: 374 MB

7.11.1. Installation of Python



There are two package files whose name starts with python. The one to extract from is Python-3.9.2.tar.xz (notice the uppercase first letter).

Prepare Python for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \

The meaning of the configure option:


This switch prevents installation of static libraries.


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

Compile the package:


Install the package:

make install

Details on this package are located in Section 8.49.2, “Contents of Python 3.”