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[Discuss] Quick question regarding Linux interpreter.

I have a number of Python scripts that need Python 2.6.2 on RHEL 5. So,
I point the script to a version of Python I have installed on our
company's server, something like:
#!/mnts/tools/<path to python 2.6.2>
This works well on the RHEL 5.10 systems, but not on RHEL 6.5
We fail on RHEL 6.5 because Python is looking for but
libtk8.5 is installed on RHEL 6.5
Also, Python 2.4 is installed on RHEL 5.

The issue is that we are importing tkinter that is not installed on the

I could use
#!/usr/bin/env python
But I can't count on the proper python variable in a user's environment.

Or I can just have a short BASH script that tests which version of RHEL
I am on and just runs python, but that is not elegant

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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