Installing Python 2.4 under Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

As I’m currently merging 2.x and 3.x branches of openpyxl, I now need to perform tests over all existing Python releases known to man. I decided to install a new Ubuntu VM to perform the the tests, but I struggled during 2.4 installation.

Tried pythonbrew, which was a very disappointing experience as nothing worked as it was supposed to.

Then I tried to build from source myself, but here again the GCC version available on ubuntu 11.10 is apparently no longer able to compile original python sources.

Here is how I did it :

  1. download RPM version for Fedora here : (direct link)
  2. install alien (sudo apt-get install alien)
  3. type the following command
$ sudo alien -i python2.4-2.4-1pydotorg.i386.rpm

Now you can type

$ python2.4

and everything should work !


Mounting virtualbox osx share on ubuntu guest

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When using auto-mount I could list directory content, but only as root. When using my regular user, I had a “Permission denied” error. Apparently it’s an old issue that was not really fixed.

I spent an hour looking for this, so I’m posting it in hope it can help someone:

Let’s say I have a “Documents” shared folder on my OSX host, and I want to mount it on /media/my-share on the Ubuntu guest:

  • Install Vbox additions
  • Add the share in the “Shared Folders” screen, in Virtualbox, give full access, but don’t check auto-mount
  • Check your uid&gid on the Ubuntu guest (by doing a cat /etc/passwd and looking for the numbers after your name, mine are 1000 and 1000)
  • Add the following line in your guest’s /etc/fstab
Documents   /media/my-share  vboxsf  uid=1000,gid=1000,nodev,noexec,nosuid,auto,rw 0 0