Installing Python 2.7 in local directory on Oracle Bare Metal Cloud

I know there will be Linux and Python specialist spitting feathers about this approach. But if you're in need of an up to date python environment then the following approach might be of help.It's worth nothing that this technique will probably work on most Oracle Enterprise Linux or Red Hat Platform releases.

#make localdirectory to install python i.e.
mkdir python

#make sure latest libs needs for python are installed
sudo yum install openssl openssl-devel
sudo yum install zlib-devel

#Download latest source i.e. Python-2.7.13.tgz and uncompress
tar xvfz Python-2.7.13.tgz

cd Python-2.7.13
#configure python for local install 
config --enable-shared --prefix=/home/opc/python --with-libs=/usr/local/lib
make; make install

#python 2.7.13 is now installed but isn't currently being used (2.6 is still the default)

#get pip
curl -o
#install pip (this will still be installed with 2.6)
sudo python
#install virtualenv
sudo pip install virtualenv
#create a virtualenv using the newly installed python
virtualenv -p /home/opc/python/bin/python myvirtualenv
#activate it
source myvirtualenv/bin/activate
#install packages…
pip install cx_Oracle
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