Can't find Python.h file on CentOS


I am trying to compile a Python extension written in C on a CentOS machine. I am getting

error: Python.h: No such file or directory

It works fine on ubuntu, where I have python-dev installed using apt-get.

I tried installing python-devel using

yum install python-devel

but it is already installed. How do I fix this error?

9/12/2012 1:00:26 AM

Accepted Answer

On my system the Python.h header file is in the path /usr/include/python2.6/. As this path is not searched by the pre-processor by default, you have to add it to the list of paths to search. This is done with the -I option to the compiler, like this:

$ gcc -I/usr/include/python2.6 source.c -o program

Change the path above to the actual path on your system. You can find it either with the find command as proposed in a comment, of with the locate command if it's installed.

9/12/2012 6:06:04 AM

If you using python3 You could install python34-devel for that

It's available on EPEL Repository and has python34-devel package available

You simply just run this command to get it installed

yum install python34-devel

Hope it's help

*note At this time python34-devel is the most updated version of python 3

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