How do I compile mod_wgsi for Python 2.7

Recently I found myself in a situation where I needed to recompile mod_wgsi against a newer version of Python.

This involves recompiling Python with the correct flags, then recompiling mod_wsgi using the newly compiled Python. Below shows the steps,

Check Version

First of all check what version of Python mod_wsgi was compiled with.

[root@server]# ldd /usr/lib64/httpd/modules/ => /usr/lib64/ (0x00002b3149c4e000) => /lib64/ (0x00002b3149f82000) => /lib64/ (0x00002b314a19d000) => /lib64/ (0x00002b314a3a2000) => /lib64/ (0x00002b314a5a5000) => /lib64/ (0x00002b314a828000)
    /lib64/ (0x000000364b200000)


Compile Python

Next, compile Python. The option to build a shared library is also used to prevent future issues (details can be found here).

yum groupinstall "Development tools"
yum install zlib-devel bzip2-devel openssl-devel ncurses-devel sqlite-devel readline-devel tk-devel

cd ~
tar xvf Python-2.7.5.tgz
cd Python-2.7.5

./configure --enable-shared --with-threads
make install

Once you have complete these steps you may get the error,

/usr/local/bin/python2.7: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

There are 2 ways to fix this. You can :

1. run 'echo export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/local/lib >> /etc/profile' or

2. configure the following softlinks

ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/lib/
ln -s /usr/local/lib/ /usr/


Compile WSGI

 Finally we compile wsgi,

cd ~
tar xvf mod_wsgi-3.4.tar.gz
cd mod_wsgi-3.4

./configure  --with-python=/usr/local/bin/python2.7
make install



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