Python 2.7 install on Scientific Linux 6 via SCL devtoolset

I understand Scientific Linux 6 uses Python 2.6.6 for several critical utils, including yum, according to this article How to install Python 27 on Centos 6

The simplest and hopefully cleanest install I found is based on Red Hat Software Collection and the devtoolset-3 package which I already installed according to Compiling in Scientific Linux

I stopped at the next step:

yum install python27 scl enable python27 bash 

Could you advise whether it will be 'safe' to proceed further as instructed without an alt-install. Thanks.


You should verify that python27 is coming from SCL and not elsewhere.

In my case I am using CentOS 6, but the process is the same.


$ yum info python27
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, priorities
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
6 packages excluded due to repository priority protections
Available Packages
Name        : python27
Arch        : x86_64
Version     : 1.1
Release     : 25.el6
Size        : 5.2 k
Repo        : centos-sclo-rh
Summary     : Package that installs python27
License     : GPLv2+
Description : This is the main package for python27 Software Collection.

We can see it comes from centos-sclo-rh and so is the right version.

We can install this. Because it's from SCL it will install into /opt/rh and this will not impact any other aspect of the OS:

$ sudo yum install python27
$ ls /opt/rh

We can see the default python is still unchanged:

$ /usr/bin/python --version
Python 2.6.6

Now we need the scl command. This is from the scl-utils package, which you may need to install (yum install scl-utils).

$ scl enable python27 bash

This runs a new shell with the path changed:

$ scl enable python27 bash
bash-4.1$ echo $PATH
bash-4.1$ command -v python
bash-4.1$ python --version
Python 2.7.8

So enabling and running SCL does not impact the core OS; it won't break anything you normally run but allows for a newer version of python to be installed in parallel (in /opt/rh).

Category: yum Time: 2016-07-29 Views: 0

Related post

iOS development

Android development

Python development

JAVA development

Development language

PHP development

Ruby development


Front-end development


development tools

Open Platform

Javascript development

.NET development

cloud computing


Copyright (C), All Rights Reserved.

processed in 0.123 (s). 12 q(s)