for some reason I need to install Python2.5 on Ubuntu 13.04. I tried to install it from source. However the make operation is failed with the following error:

    gcc -pthread -c -fno-strict-aliasing -DNDEBUG -g -fwrapv -O3 -Wall -Wstrict-prototypes  -I. -IInclude -I./Include   -DPy_BUILD_CORE -DSVNVERSION=\"`LC_ALL=C svnversion .`\" -o Modules/getbuildinfo.o ./Modules/getbuildinfo.c
    gcc: error: directory":No such file or directory
    make: *** [Modules/getbuildinfo.o] error 1

I googled about it but still don't know what happened. How could I fix this?


  • What do you get if you run LC_ALL=C svnversion .? – Florian Diesch Jan 1 '14 at 12:20
  • @FlorianDiesch Unversioned directory. I downloaded the source from Python website in a tar ball. – kkpattern Jan 1 '14 at 12:24

Seems to be a bug in the build scripts as they only test if subversion is installed but not if the source code is actually using subversion.


SVNVERSION=not-found ./configure

instead of just


before you run make seems to be a workaround.

  • Thank you, this indeed can solve my problem. Also I've found that this is a Python issue with Subversion 1.7 issue6094 – kkpattern Jan 1 '14 at 13:58

Temporary workaround:

SVNVERSION="Unversioned directory" ./configure --prefix=/home/jeff/py25 -- enable-shared

Visit issue6094

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