How do I run Python based software from SourceForge?

There isn't a straightforward answer to this question because projects on SourceForge often provide software both in source form as well as in binary (executable) form. Consider the MySQL for Python packages, available via the "Download" link on the project page: in this case, you'll choose mysql-python and be presented with a list of files (under "Filename").

Building files from source (the last alternative above) can be tricky, but the general procedure is usually something like this:

  1. Inspect the archive file to see what the unpacked file will produce: you don't want the unpacking process to put files all over the place. For example:
     unzip -l
     tar ztf package-1.0.tar.gz
     tar jtf package-1.0.tar.bz2
  2. If the output of the above suggests that the files inside the archive will appear in a common directory (package-1.0, for example) then move on to the next step. Otherwise, make a new directory and move into it:

     mkdir package-1.0
     cd package-1.0
  3. Now unpack the archive using one of the following:
     tar zxf package-1.0.tar.gz
     tar jxf package-1.0.tar.bz2

    If you created a new directory, you may need to refer to the archive in the parent directory (../, for example). You can skip the next step, though.

  4. Enter the root directory of the package, just created when you unpacked the archive:
     cd package-1.0

Now read the documentation! There will probably be a README or INSTALL file in the directory - this will explain the rest of the installation procedure.

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Asking for Help/How do I run Python based software from SourceForge? (last edited 2011-03-26 23:31:38 by PaulBoddie)

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