I'm using Python 2.7.2 on Ubuntu 11.10. I got this error when importing the bz2 module:
ImportError: No module named bz2
sudo apt-get install python2.7
Okay, this is much easier to understand in answer form, so I'll move what I would write in my comment to this answer.
Luckily for you, you didn't overwrite the system version of python, as Ubuntu 11.10 comes with 2.7.2 preinstalled.
Your python binaries (
python2.7) are located in
/usr/local/bin, which is a directory where user-specific stuff is usually installed. This is fine, it means your system python is still there.
First, just try to run the system python. Type this from the command line:
/usr/bin/python -c "import bz2; print bz2.__doc__"
This should print out something like this:
λ > /usr/bin/python -c "import bz2; print bz2.__doc__" The python bz2 module provides a comprehensive interface for the bz2 compression library. It implements a complete file interface, one shot (de)compression functions, and types for sequential (de)compression.
If so, means you're fine.
So you just have to fix your
PATH, which tells the shell where to find commands.
/usr/local/bin is going to have priority over
/usr/local, so there are some ways to fix this, in order of difficulty/annoyance/altering your system:
This will make it so that when you type
python, it should go back to executing
/usr/bin/python, which is an alias for the system's python 2.7.2.
sudo rm /usr/local/bin/python
/usr/binto have higher precedence in the
Might not be desirable if you already have stuff in
/usr/local/bin that should have precedence over
/usr/bin, but I'm adding this for completeness.
In your shell profile (not sure what Ubuntu's default is, but I'm using
~/.bash_profile, you can do this:
This is extreme and the first option I presented should be your first option.
Do you really need your own version of Python? If you want isolated python environments you probably really want
virtualenv. You can probably remove yours unless there's a reason not to.
It's going to be a little annoying though, but basically:
This part is not complete because I forget what else there is.