• Setting up an EC2 instance for TwitterGoggles

    by  • May 13, 2013 • Code, Research • 0 Comments

    TwitterGoggles requires Python 3.3. I’m new to Python, and 3.3 is (relatively) new to everyone. So, getting help is both necessary and challenging. I want to run TwitterGoggles on Amazon EC2 instances, so I’m setting up an AMI that has all of the requirements:

    • gcc 4.6.3
    • git 1.8.1.4
    • mlocate 0.22.2
    • MySQL 5.5
    • Python 3.3

    I started with an Amazon Linux AMI and installed the stuff I needed. You can save yourself some trouble by launching an instance with my AMI: ami-e73b558e.

    Install Dependencies

    1. Update the system
      sudo yum update
    2. Install C compiler so we can install Python
      sudo yum install gcc
    3. Install software yum can take care of for us
      sudo yum groupinstall "Development tools"
      sudo yum install -y mysql git mlocate
    4. Update the DB locate uses to find your stuff
      sudo updatedb

    Install Python 3.3.1

    Here’s the best guide: http://www.unixmen.com/howto-install-python-3-x-in-ubuntu-debian-fedora-centos/

    Basically you have to

    1. Download the release you want. In my case
      wget http://www.python.org/ftp/python/3.3.1/Python-3.3.1.tgz
    2. Extract the compressed files and switch the directory
      gunzip Python-3.3.1.tgz
      tar xf Python-3.3.1.tar
      cd Python-3.3.1
    3. Configure, compile, and install
      sudo ./configure --prefix=/opt/python3
      sudo make
      sudo make install
    4. Add python3 to your path
      export PATH=$PATH:/opt/python3/bin

    Install easy_install-3.3

    I ran into some problems related to a missing “zlib” errors. I reinstalled zlib from source, then reconfigured and reinstalled Python 3.3.1. Once that worked, I was able to install and use easy_install-3.3 for module management.

    wget http://pypi.python.org/packages/source/d/distribute/distribute-0.6.39.tar.gz
    tar xf distribute-0.6.39.tar.gz
    cd distribute-0.6.39
    sudo python3 setup.py install

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