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Python 2.7 in RHEL linux
#taken from
#I keep struggling to find it, so made it a gist.
# install build tools
sudo yum install make automake gcc gcc-c++ kernel-devel git-core -y
# install python 2.7 and change default python symlink
sudo yum install python27-devel -y
sudo rm /usr/bin/python
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/python2.7 /usr/bin/python
# yum still needs 2.6, so write it in and backup script
sudo cp /usr/bin/yum /usr/bin/_yum_before_27
sudo sed -i s/python/python2.6/g /usr/bin/yum
sudo sed -i s/python2.6/python2.6/g /usr/bin/yum
# should display now 2.7.5 or later:
python -V
# now install pip for 2.7
sudo curl -o /tmp/
sudo /usr/bin/python27 /tmp/
sudo /usr/bin/easy_install-2.7 pip
sudo pip install virtualenv
# should display current versions:
pip -V && virtualenv --version
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