Compiling VIM with Python support

When compiling VIM with specific version of Python support while there is different default version of Python on your system it's important to note following caveats:

  • Pass --with-python-config-dir flag with the path to Python's config directory
  • Remove src/auto/config.cache file if you've executed ./configure before without passing the --with-python-config-dir flag. This was the tip I missed and spent an hour or two on failing to compile properly
  • Run make clean if you compiled VIM before and it didn't work out

Anyways if in doubt here is the list of commands I had to execute in order to successfully compile VIM with Python 2.7 support from scratch (make sure to check your Python's config directory path and adjust accordingly):

cd /usr/local/src
tar -xjf vim-7.4.tar.bz2
cd vim74
./configure --prefix=/usr \
--enable-pythoninterp \
make && make install

Update on 19/11/2013

If all above fails, I'd consider opening ./src/auto/config.log file and verifying that configuration script fetches correct version of Python by searching for python string. If it fetches wrong version of Python then I'd replace the file it tries to fetch (for example /usr/bin/python2) with my specific version of Python binary just before running configuration script (don't forget to remove ./src/auto/config.cache) and rolling it back after it finishes. A bit dumb method but it should work, please let me know if you can think of any better approach.

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