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Web Frameworks Jam, Day 2

The second day of the WFJ for me was the second half of my journey up the learning curve on installing TurboGears (TG) on Debian with Python 2.3 and 2.4 installed. The predicament seems to have been that 2.3 is still the default Python version, even in sid, and the python-turbogears package is targeted for 2.4. The package does not pull in at least one of its dependencies, so I was finally relegated to trying a manual installation. Once I figured out that easy_install-2.4 allowed me to install the necessary Python eggs into my /usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages directory, I was all set to go with TurboGears 0.9a6.

Once TG was installed, the rate at which we were able to progress into the tutorial was impressive. I think if we’d been more familiar with how Python libraries are handled, we would have been much farther along. This, of course, is a great motivation for me to give attention to the Debian package so that at least one Linux distro can have a great out-of-the-box TG experience.