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python not working on RHEL6


On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 9:11 PM Dan Purgert <dan at djph.net> wrote:
>
> Chris Angelico wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 5:17 AM Thomas Jollans <tjol at tjol.eu> wrote:
> >> [...]
> >> Whether we agree on the terminology here or not, of course we can agree
> >> that you have to be bloody careful if you *do* decide to put things in
> >> /usr/bin yourself :-)
> >
> > [...] On my system (Debian GNU/Linux), /usr/local/bin is ahead of
> > /usr/bin in $PATH, so even installing into local isn't going to
> > protect you.
>
> Here (MX 17), I'd also shoot myself in the foot if I installed something
> as "/usr/local/bin/python" :)
>
> $ echo $PATH
> /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin
>
> I imagine there's good reason for /usr/local/bin to override /usr/bin
> ... but it also seems like it's a good way to cause "fun(tm)" problems.
>

If a system script depends on Python, it should be calling on
/usr/bin/python2.7 explicitly, rather than depending on $PATH. (And
possibly using -E for further isolation.)

ChrisA