Installing readline support in ActivePython virtual environment on Linux

Prerequisites: Install Python and set up virtual environment  & Install pip in virtual environment
Tested on: Xubuntu 12.04 LTS / 13.10 / 14.04 LTS (64-bit) with ActivePython installed in /opt

[Last update: 03/07/2014]

  • (skip, if activated) Activate the virtual environment you would like to install readline in:
  1. cd ~/venv/apy3341
    source bin/activate
  • Install/check for readline dependencies (for pip to be able to compile readline from source code):
  1. sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev
  • Use pip to install/update readline:
  1. bin/pip install -U readline