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Compilation of _tkinter, tcl/tk bindings

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First, I installed Python on a traditionnal default linux-x86 platform
(tk.h is located in /usr/include) and I did not meet any problem. I can
write the following instruction without error in my python interpreter:

../configure --prefix=/usr/local/python
make install
import Tkinter

Second, I tried to install python on IBM-Aix5.1 with tk bindings too.
Because of tcl/tk doesn't exist on my default platform, I have installed
tcl8.4.11 in /usr/local/tcl8.4.11. Now, I ran the compilation of Python
and tried to import Tkinter :

../configure --prefix=/usr/local/python
make install
/usr/local/python/bin/python import Tkinter Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in ?
File "/usr/local/python/lib/python2.5/lib-tk/", line 38, in ?
import _tkinter # If this fails your Python may not be configured for Tk
ImportError: No module named _tkinter

In fact, when Python is compiled, the shared library should
be compiled ( is just a Python script which import if tk is detected on the platform.

So, my questions are :
- Must I install tcl/tk in the default directories give by the
distribution to compile python and Tkinter (_tkinter) ?
- or can I specify the tcl/tk installation to compile Python and Tkinter
(_tkinter) ?


Oct 14 '05 #1
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