So I wrote in an earlier post about alt-installing Python 2.6 from source on CentOS, which was easy enough. But, this made it more difficult to maintain and deploy as well as add modules. So, I was lucky enough to come across a nice little yum repository hosted by Rizwan Kassim (Geekymedia.com) that contained an RPM that would do the alt-install work for me
I’m aware that EPEL has a Python 2.6 package, but the Geekymedia RPMs have a whole flurry of modules you can add as well as an RPM for setuptools which will make your life immeasurably easier when running Python 2.4 and 2.6 side-by-side for installing python packages.
The only problems with the Geekymedia RPMs are that the binary packages are all 32-bit (I’m running servers here folks!) and I was unable to get the MySQL-python26 one to work right for me.
So, let’s get down to business.