If you run into the below error when using setuptools (setup.py), then it’s quite possible that you’re using an outdated version of Python’s setuptools. In particular, the python-setuptools package in the CentOS yum repository is too old.
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “setup.py”, line 19, in ?
File “/usr/lib64/python2.4/distutils/core.py”, line 149, in setup
File “/usr/lib64/python2.4/distutils/dist.py”, line 946, in run_commands
File “/usr/lib64/python2.4/distutils/dist.py”, line 966, in run_command
File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/setuptools/command/bdist_rpm.py”, line 28, in run
File “/usr/lib64/python2.4/distutils/command/bdist_rpm.py”, line 377, in run
File “/usr/lib/python2.4/site-packages/setuptools/command/bdist_rpm.py”, line 20, in move_file
NameError: global name ‘get_python_version’ is not defined
Luckily, this is quite easy to fix; simply remove the RPM and download the latest version from http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools then just run it with “sh” as if it was a normal shell script.