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Python Plugins: configure error on OSX #752

boothj5 opened this issue Mar 2, 2016 · 1 comment


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commented Mar 2, 2016

With certain versions of Python on OSX, the following error occurs during ./configure

checking for python-config... yes
checking for python... /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/bin/python
checking for a version of Python >= '2.1.0'... yes
checking for the distutils Python package... yes
checking for Python include path... -I/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/include/python2.7
checking for Python library path... -L/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib -lpython2.7
checking for Python site-packages path... /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/lib/python2.7/site-packages
checking python extra libraries... -ldl  -framework CoreFoundation
checking python extra linking flags... -u _PyMac_Error Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Python
checking consistency of all components of python development environment... no
configure: error: in `/Users/boothj5/projects-git/profanity':
configure: error:
  Could not link test program to Python. Maybe the main Python library has been
  installed in some non-standard library path. If so, pass it to configure,
  via the LIBS environment variable.
  Example: ./configure LIBS="-L/usr/non-standard-path/python/lib"
   You probably have to install the development version of the Python package
   for your distribution.  The exact name of this package varies among them.

This appears to be a common problem:

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commented Mar 2, 2016

Fixed by creating a temporary symlink in the build folder. By default will link to:


An argument can be passed to configure to override the default, e.g.:

./configure PYTHON_FRAMEWORK=/Another/Directory/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework

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