Python Redhat version issue
Upgrade Python without breaking yum
I'm running a Redhat VM (2.6.18-274.el5 64 bit). I Installed nodejs on the vm in order to use browserstack. To get nodejs running I had to upgrade Python to 2.6 or above. I installed 2.7 from source using make altinstall. Then I createda hard-link to point from 2.4 to 2.7. Checking the python -V now shows 2.7 being the default. That all worked out fine and node is now up and running.
There was a problem importing one of the Python modules required to run yum. The error leading to this problem was: No module named yum Please install a package which provides this module, or verify that the module is installed correctly. It's possible that the above module doesn't match the current version of Python, which is: 2.7.2 (default, Jul 2 2012, 23:35:52) [GCC 4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-51)] If you cannot solve this problem yourself, please go to the yum faq at: http://wiki.linux.duke.edu/YumFaq
My problem is Yum. It's no longer working as its looking for the older version of Python which is 2.4? Is there anyway I can have both of them working as in Yum and node both using different versions?
There are two issues here. One is that you broke your system python. Yum is installed in the python's site packages. If you damage python, yum will break. Breaking the system python installation is a stupid idea. Maybe you made backups, or have another sister machine from which you can transplant the original 2.4 python.
The other issue is that there is no problem with having several pythons on the same machine. To install Node.js you must simply tell it which python to use. Set
PYTHONHOME as well, before running