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python and Yum not runnig due to multiple installations of python

asked 2016-12-27 22:29:05 -0500

Amol Ghodke gravatar image

updated 2016-12-28 00:44:57 -0500

I have this serious problem with my fedora installation. I was trying to use one of my application that requires Python3. So, as a new Linux user, I simply installed python3. Hence my system for two python versions (3 & 2.7). I guess python3 replaced python2.7. Hence "yum" stopped working. I tried to link /usr/bin/python to python2.7 and removing "PYTHONPATH" from .bashrc. Now when i am running-

$python -V


When I try to run python itself it returns as -

$ python
 File "/usr/lib64/python3.4/", line 176
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

when I am running yum I get following result -

  File "/usr/lib64/python3.4/", line 176
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

I am thinking of removing all the python versions from the terminal and then reinstall.

Can somebody help me with this situation? Please help me to correct my system!

Thank you Amol

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It seems that PYTHONPATH is still set to /usr/lib64/python3.4. Did you logout/login after removing it from .bashrc? Maybe it is also set somewhere else in /etc/.... For a temporary solution you could set PYTHONPATH to /usr/lib64/python2.7, but it shouldn't be a problem to have both versions installed at the same time. For yum, best would be to replace it with dnf as yum is obsolete these days.

thomaswood gravatar imagethomaswood ( 2016-12-28 04:48:06 -0500 )edit

Thanks ThomasWood, After login/logout things are looking little better. Python started working ( I believe). When I am trying to install packages using Yum following response is coming -

    $ sudo yum install libpng12.x86_64
          Downloading packages:
      File "/usr/libexec/urlgrabber-ext-down", line 28
         except OSError, e:
    SyntaxError: invalid syntax

 Exiting on user cancel

Could you be able to help me with it?


Amol Ghodke gravatar imageAmol Ghodke ( 2016-12-28 20:42:43 -0500 )edit

Did you try using dnf instead of yum. yum is deprecated.

thomaswood gravatar imagethomaswood ( 2016-12-29 04:42:46 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-12-29 14:41:59 -0500

ssieb gravatar image

Which version of Fedora are you using? There shouldn't be any issues with having both python2 and python3 installed at the same time with a recent Fedora version. And since yum isn't giving you a warning, you must be at least 2 (or 3?) version behind now. I don't think there is any need to have PYTHONPATH set in your .bashrc. It isn't set on any of my systems and python2 and python3 both work fine.

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I am using Fedora 21

Amol Ghodke gravatar imageAmol Ghodke ( 2017-01-01 00:01:12 -0500 )edit

Right, that would be your problem then. Is there some reason you can't use a supported version?

ssieb gravatar imagessieb ( 2017-01-10 16:55:42 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-12-30 12:12:37 -0500

andmalc gravatar image

updated 2016-12-30 12:13:28 -0500

The recommended way to set the Python version is to put "#! /usr/bin/env <pyversion>" at the top of the script that runs your application, e.g.

#! /usr/bin/env python3

This way the script will run using the version you want regardless of the system default.

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answered 2016-12-30 06:20:04 -0500

rhandwor52 gravatar image

Try dnf remove python After version is removed that causes problem. Try dnf install python

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