[mod_python] Installing mod_python to use a different version of python

Lawrence Bruhmuller lbruhmuller at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 4 01:51:03 EST 2005

Here is my dilemma:
I am developing software to sit on top of RH Enterprise Linux (3.0 ES), and furthermore sit on top of Python/Apache/mod_python.  Business reasons dictate RHEL as opposed to Fedora or other options.
To support my application, I need mod_python 3.1.x, since I need the mod_python.Session module.  RHEL comes with mod_python 3.0.3.
In addition, I also need python 2.3.x, and RHEL comes with 2.2.3.
As I understand it, it is not a good idea to upgrade the system version of python, as all kinds of other dependent programs could go awry.  So I can avoid this by just building python 2.3 from source, as the package "python2.3", leaving "python" as is at 2.2.3.
But if I do this, when I build mod_python from source, isn't it going to build against "python" which is the old version?  And hence I won't get what I want?  How I do I get mod_python built so that my "extra" python is used at buildtime/runtime?
Thanks much,

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